The Aging and Integrative Pain Assessment and Management Initiative | AI-PAMI

Arts for the Aging is proud to collaborate with the Aging and Integrative Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (AI-PAMI) at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville to produce a video series at the intersection of the arts, aging, and pain management.

In this series, Arts for the Aging teaching artists and researchers from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts explore the function and efficacy of the arts in pain management through interactive arts workshops and lectures led by experts in the fields of art therapy and creative aging.

AI-PAMI is a comprehensive project addressing non-opioid pain management in adults ages 50 and older living in Northeast Florida. The goal of the project is to advance innovative pain education and patient care focused on multimodal and integrative pain management. The project encompasses community outreach, education, and research.


View the video series and learn more about AI-PAMI on their website. Find video previews, presenter information, and supplementary material for each video below. Audio/video editing is by Arts for the Aging teaching artist, Manny Arciniega.

*Audio descriptions and closed captions are included in each video.

Funding for this project is generously provided by the Florida Blue Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation.

Video 1: Rhythms of Life

Presenters: Dr. Mitchell Kossak, Chris Brown, and Manny Arciniega

Rhythms of Life explores the power of music, meditation, and rhythm for pain management.


Mitchell Kossak, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT

Mitchell Kossak Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is a professor and former director in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a licensed clinical counselor and registered expressive arts therapist and has presented his work and research on rhythmic attunement, improvisation, psychospiritual and community-based approaches to working with trauma at conferences nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kossak is the past president for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and recipient of the Shining Star, lifetime achievement award in 2017. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Applied Arts and Health and author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy. In 2019 he helped to create Voces Arts and Healing, to work with asylum seekers in Juarez, Mexico. He is also a professional musician, performing for the past 35 years in the Boston area.

Chris Brown

Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Christopher Brown is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from the UK, he is established in Washington D.C. as a leading performer, session player, producer and educator, at home and internationally.

His credits include renowned artists like Ron Holloway, John Mayer, Rev. Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Brian Blade. He has worked on over 40 albums as session bassist or producer, including Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, Moonshine Society and many more. He is equally dedicated to long-term projects including Pigeon Kings, Moonshine Society, Bobby Thompson, DC Improviser’s Collective and District Nomad.

Brown is a Musical Director, TV/film/video-game composer, and internationally renowned educator and music technologist, consulting or creating for Levine Music, the Field School, Bach 2 Rock (US) and leading European school the Academy of Contemporary Music (UK).

Manny Arciniega

Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Manny Arciniega presents percussion and healing movement workshops and is responsible for audio and visual production of pre-recorded material. He is on faculty at Levine Music in Washington, D.C. and works regularly with the Education Programs at the Kreeger Museum. As a percussionist, Manny has appeared in numerous award-winning musical theatre productions in the Washington, D.C. area, including performances at Roundhouse Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Constellation Theater Company, Arena Stage, and Keegan Theatre.

He brings his expertise to Arts for the Aging from working with world-renowned performers and conductors, in the United States and abroad, in a variety of musical genres. Manny received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Theory Composition from Texas Christian University and Master of Arts degree in Timpani and Percussion Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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