I have been waiting to make an “official” post until I could create a slightly organized pattern as to how these posts would go so that folks would know when to check if a new post has been published. I have decided, until the conversation gets going a bit more, I will publish one post about a specific portion of the green paper every other week, and a post about a general topic regarding the field in the weeks between. So, check the blog each Monday, and something new should be up.
Specific topic #1
Reading thru the green paper, I came across this sentence that I thought many of us could relate to:
“Changes in the American economic and healthcare systems, coupled with the growth of our aging populations, bring opportunities for expansion of the arts in healthcare into rural communities and the realms of public health, social services, and human services.”
It is clear, according to each of our prospective green papers, that we all believe in the importance of the arts integrated into a variety of professions. However, a challenge that our organization continually faces, although we are moving forward to find a solution to this obstacle, is how we can efficiently approach this idea. Should we be going straight to the source (i.e. the actual professions themselves and encourage social worker and public health professionals to integrate the arts) or should we be going to our students, the future of each of these professions?
Also, how have you seen the arts brought into rural communities around each of your areas? In the next post, I will speak on a project that an organization I work for was able to bring the arts to a rural community in the Florida panhandle – specifically to the seafood industry.
I believe each of these options – regarding bringing art directly to professionals versus first to the students – have their pros and cons, and would love to hear feedback as to which way you believe could be most impacting and effective. The answer could even be that according to the profession the approach taken could be varied.
Thank you in advanced for your thoughts and discussion!