Our arts and health initiatives aim to make our hospital environments welcoming places to visit and work in. A comparison of theater and visual arts training showed fewer benefits in fewer areas for visual arts. This group was a collaboration between the National Centre for Arts and Health, Chronic Pain Ireland and South Dublin County Libraries. What makes MMA potentially attractive to young people is the way MMA removes some of the supposed ‘mystique’ surrounding mindfulness (and meditation) by its inclusion in a socially-valued and ever-so-physical activity like martial arts.
In their study, Puig et al. 58 explored the efficacy of a complementary creative arts therapy intervention with respect to enhancing emotional expression, spirituality, and psychological well-being among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. In other words, we do not exist to make profit for ourselves, but channel those profits back into our work improving the health and wellbeing of our local communities.
Discussing Ian’s recent residency and the role of arts and art therapy at the hospital. Also, rigidity was experienced within some arts practitioners about what constitutes valid arts activity within healthcare settings. Accessing and creating personal stories through movement, drama, writing and performance this is a learning and experiential group workshop about the creative arts in action in interdisciplinary practice for change.
The arts practitioner working in healthcare settings decides to attend some professional development in continuing and adult education to better meet the needs of this group at this time. The National Centre for Arts and Health at Tallaght Hospital is always seeking volunteer artists to participate in the exciting art programme for patients in the hospital.
Art in Healthcare brought in two paintings from the collection to discuss with the patients and artists. To me, providing access to the arts is as imporant as feeding and clothing people; the arts humanize us, separate us from animals, and those who are on the outside need to be respected as humans who are capable of loving and creating beauty.