Creative Arts

The creative arts can relate to many forms of the arts embodied in action and practice among them (but not restricted to) drama, dance and musical performance, visual arts, writing, publishing, graphic arts, cartooning, film, multi media and design.

In Humane

To be humane is to have or show compassion or benevolence.

Being concerned with the alleviation of suffering.

To interact with care, consideration and respect.


the word medicine is from the Latin ars medicina, meaning the art of healing.

Broadly speaking the practice of medicine is to be

active in the prevention and treatment of illness.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Carl Leggo Quote Poetry Honouring Health

“In poetry,
and writing poetry,
I learned
to listen to my body, heart, mind, spirit and imagination in a holistic honouring of health consciousness.”

Carl Leggo
From IJCAIP archive: CCAHTE Journal 6, The Extraordinary Ordinary

photo C. McLean

Ethnodrama in Health Education, Embodying Lived Experience

"When used in health education an ethnodrama, for example, can raise awareness educating well beyond the podium, conveying lived experience in action with elements visual, emotional, physical and spiritual. In this field process we are told and we tell stories engaging in one of the most primal, meaningful and universal of human connections."
From Introduction to the book "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change," Editor C.L. McLean, Associate Editor, R. Kelly, Detselig Temeron Press, Calgary, 2010. (Photo C. McLean as Dora, "the survivor" from the ethnodrama Remember Me for Birds a performance based on research about aging, mental health and autonomy)

Thich Nhat Hanh Quote on Human Suffering

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Art for "Doing" Science Part of a New Revolution Quote Jonas Salk

“ART and the approach to life through
art using it as a vehicle for education and
even for doing science is so vital that it is part
of a great new revolution that is taking

Jonas Salk

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Can Fabric Art Foster Empathy in Medical Students?

Research by André Smith, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria explores the experiences of first- and second-year medical students who participated in a learning intervention that used fabric art and role-playing to foster the acquisition of empathy skills for end-of-life care. The intervention centers on students' engagement with artwork by renowned artist Deidre Scherer, who depicts the processes of aging, dying, and grieving in her work. Data was collected from qualitative interviews with students and from observations of students' participation in the intervention. The students reported experiencing intense feelings of empathy toward the patients depicted in the artwork. Based on these experiences, they successfully formulated empathetic responses that took into account the imagined perspectives of these patients. We conclude that this learning intervention effectively cultivated empathy in the medical students who took part in the study.

More about this research at

Press Release Arts and Medicine Book


For Immediate Release

August 15, 2012

A groundbreaking new book in the burgeoning international field of arts and health has garnered support from two respected leaders in the Canadian publishing industry. The book, a project of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice is currently in process, and is titled “Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” and will be released in 2013. This is the third academic text book to be edited by The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP Publisher and Executive Editor, Cheryl L. M cLean.

Creative Arts in H umane Medicine” will be published by Brush Education Limited of Calgary, Alberta, operated by partners Glenn Rollans and Fraser Seely.

Rollans has been in publishing for more than 30 years. A leader in the publishing industry, Glenn has been the co-principal of Duval House Publishing/Les Éditions Duval (later acquired by Nelson Education), the director of the University of Alberta Press and the editor-in-chief of Lone Pine Publishing. From 1996-2000 Glenn was the co-director of the Business of Publishing program at the University of Chicago.

Seely started his publishing career 30 years ago at Oxford University Press. Fraser has been a leader throughout his career as a vice-president at the Heritage Group, the chief operating officer at Broadview Press, and the former owner and publisher of Fifth House Publishers.

Publishers expect the book, which will be available in both hard copy and ebook formats, will be a valuable study resource in medical education.

After the successful release of two books in the CAIP Research Series featuring the creative arts and research, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice", and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change" published by Detselig Temeron Press, Editor, McLean sees the new book serving a critical need bringing arts approaches to medical education.

“The arts are alive and thriving in medical education today with the world’s leading medical schools offering progressive programming at the intersections between the arts and health. Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will serve a critical need for resources and feature methods that value humanism and qualities of human caring such communication, mutual respect, empathic practices and emotional and patient centered connections between physicians and other healthcare providers and their patients while fostering arts influenced approaches that can open the way for humane medicine in education and practice.”

More info can be found at the book blog, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine