According to history, in A.D. 527, an emperor named Wu Di invited an Indian monk named Bodhidharma to travel to China. The judges also awarded commendations for 20 entries in the NHS category and 20 in the Open International category – 2 from Australia, 1 from New Zealand, 7 from the USA and 10 from the UK. Commended entries considered themes from birth to imaging, cancer, health and disease in art, history of medicine and illness in the family.
Last year, we helped create a mosaic mural with Healing Arts at Atlantic Health System’s Artist in Residence, Kathy Casper; met with the NJ artists that have artwork displayed in the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden; and toured all three facilities.
Two articles, Creative New Directions in Dietetics by Catherine Morley and Mapping Resiliency Building Bridges Toward Change an Experiential Arts-based Narrative Inquiry with Dietetics Professionals by Jacqui Gingras, Assistant Professor at the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, and Jennifer Atkins a dietitian at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, presented varied arts based approaches in practice.
The purpose of the conference is not simply to reform existing paradigms concerning disability, but to investigate and assist in the creation of new models that constitute a critique of a model still dominated by biomedical perspectives and by limited attempts to extend existing legal rights to people with disabilities.
I publish The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and had recently completed a third book, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine (McLean, 2014) published by Brush Education, a text for medical educators, practitioners, students and others in the allied health professions to help demonstrate how the arts and research contribute toward a more caring and empathic approach to medicine.