First Arts-in-Medicine Course To Be Offered


Arts-in-Medicine I, the first in a series of service-learning courses that will explore connections between creative experience and healing in the emerging field of Arts-in-Medicine, will be offered by UNM during the Spring 2005 semester.

The course will run hand-in-hand with the clinical program currently based in UNM Hospitals, Psychiatric Center, Cancer Research and Treatment Center, in which Artists-in-Medicine aim to facilitate healing in its broadest sense for patients, their families, and medical professionals by offering a renewed sense of possibility via the creative encounter.

The course is designed for healthcare professionals, community members, educators, musicians, dancers, actors, artists, and students from a variety of disciplines who are interested in exploring the transformative power of the creative process as it relates to their own physical and mental health as well as the health of others.  While relieving pain and stress the artists also hope to expand awareness and stimulate dialog in the community regarding the nature of health and healthcare, illness, death and dying. 

Bridging academia and community, art and medicine, the program includes community artists, UNM College of Fine Arts, College of Education, and School of Medicine faculty and students, UNM Hospitals and community healthcare professionals, patients, and volunteers.

Topic areas include aspects of: communication/conflict resolution; ethics/professionalism; energy awareness; physiology/pain; social issues around health and illness, healthcare systems, death, and dying; expressive art therapies.  Learning formats include presentations by guest artists and scientists, creative reflection and art-making, service-learning opportunities, and independent research projects

The course will be held:

Friday evenings 4-7 pm / Saturdays 10:00 am - 5:30 pm / 5-7 hrs. service

February 4/5, February 18/19, March 4/5 &  Service Hours  TBA

Johnson Center 1102 Conference Room (across from Center for the Arts)

UNM Main Campus

Cap of 20 students. No pre-requisites required. Register early under one of the following sections:

Music 487-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I.

Music 587-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I. 

Thea 487-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I. 

Thea 587-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I. 

Dance 487-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I. 

Dance 587-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I. 

M A 487-370:  T/Arts-in-Medicine I. 

If the section you want is full, please register under another section. Requests for section changes will be granted the first day of class. For more information contact: Dr. Patricia Repar, D.M.A., Dept. of Music;

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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