UNM Offering First Arts-in-Medicine Course


The nationally acclaimed Arts-in-Medicine program at the University of New Mexico is beginning a series of service-learning courses, the first of which is Arts-in-Medicine I and will be offered this spring.  The course will explore the connections between creative experience and the healing process and how the two have come together in the emerging field of Arts-in-Medicine.

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.

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 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.  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.

            The class will be offered on Friday evenings.  For more information, contact For more information contact: Dr. Patricia Repar, D.M.A., Dept. of Music; repar@unm.edu.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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