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THE FUTURE OF ARTS IN HEALTHCARE

Arts in Healthcare is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience by connecting people with the power of the arts at key moments in their lives. This Green Paper, submitted by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, discusses the successes and future of this rapidly growing field that integrates the arts, including literary, performing, and visual arts and design, into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.

Green Paper Authoring Organization: Society for the Arts in Healthcare

THE FUTURE OF ARTS IN HEALTHCARE

Alie Wickham
Program Assistance
Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (CAHRE)
Gainesville, FL

Alie Wickham became involved with the arts in healthcare field during her summer 2008 internship with the Shands Arts in Medicine program and the Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (CAHRE) at the University of Florida. Following her internship, during her final year at Hampshire College, she initiated two arts in healthcare programs in two health facilities and focused her undergraduate thesis on the interactions between hospital patients and artists in residence. After graduating from Hampshire with a BA and an emphasis on biomedicine and dance education, she moved to Gainesville, Florida, where she currently serves as Program Assistant for Shands and Certificate Program Coordinator for CAHRE.  Alie is also an active member of the Membership, Awards, and Building Task Force committees for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and was featured in the Society’s first Student Quarterly View in fall 2009.

 

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In response to “Leadership is a Verb – so Act on it!”, Karin writes, “We need to remember that these industries need liaisons who are empathetic and understanding of both sides of the coin and can speak to both communities.”

Now, I believe I know which two communities Karin is referring to.  However, Karin, if you read this and I am incorrect, please feel free to let me know.  The two communities that come to my mind from this response are:

1) Arts   2) Healthcare

It is true – the leaders of our field must understand both sides, equally, and have similar empathy for each of them.  The arts in healthcare are most impacting when they work as a compliment for one another. Just like in arts in education – they are most impacting when the artists understand what the educators need, and vice versa. Or with the Public Voice in Arts Advocacy – how can we even begin to describe the importance of the arts to politicians if we don’t first allow the artists to understand the “behind-the-scenes” of politics – I’m sure there is a bulk of information in politics that we never hear. 

However, in the research discussion we had at our conference, one of the most thematic conflicts we ran across was the impact of the terminology you would use according to the audience you are working with – are these folks administrators of a hospital, administrators of an arts organization, potential donors, scientists, or artists?? They could even be all of the above.

So, how do we begin to understand the most appropriate way to communicate with each side, and therefore allowing us to understand the empathy that each side needs? Once we can understand where everyone is coming from, we can then more clearly empathize with each of them and develop the terminology that is most useful in understand the key components in leading towards the strongest future of our field.

Who needs to be commenting on this discussion? EVERYONE that is involved!!!! Seriously, how do each of you – artists, administrators – healthcare and arts organizations, scientists, politicians, community advocates – feel about the arts?? TELL US IN YOUR OWN WORDS – we all want to know! That’s empathy, right??

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