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.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Arts in Health Book Call for Abstracts

International Journal of

The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP

New Call for Abstracts for upcoming book….
“Creative Arts in Humane Medicine”
Publisher: Brush Education, Calgary
Editor: Cheryl L. McLean
Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will be a contemporary educational textbook, a practice oriented collection which presents stories and illustrative examples demonstrating how the creative arts can be used in multiple ways in medical and health professional education and practice.

This new book follows the success of the CAIP, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Series, “Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change” and “Creative Arts in Community and Cultural Change”, edited by Cheryl McLean, Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and Dr. Robert Kelly, Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary, published by Detselig Temeron Press, 2010, 2011. Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” is a project of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and will be published by Brush Education, Calgary. The book is scheduled for release in 2013 and will be available in both hard copy and ebook formats.
About the Book
Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will be a much needed educational resource in contemporary medical education and health, a compelling and informative textbook for medical educators, physicians, nurse and health professional educators and their students as well as for those engaged as educators in the Medical Humanities, in Public Health, Health Promotion, Social Work and the Social Services and for others interesting in the burgeoning field of arts and health.
As its title suggests, thematically we are especially interested in how the creative arts are used in many forms to help foster humane medicine and to “humanize” healthcare.

We will be featuring compelling articles about the story of the work in action, contributions that move beyond simple descriptions of arts in health programmes. We want to know, what is the story of this work, the narrative behind the reasoning for using this approach? Was there a particular challenge or need that the work was addressing? What was the intended goal of the programme? What were the results? Although this is not a formal research collection per se, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a university level textbook which will be used widely by health educators. The methods and approaches presented should be described within a theoretical and contextual framework, citing available source references and research when possible or referring to other studies supporting this approach. Once the approach is adequately described there will be an “action” component to each contribution with some focus on how the approach might work experientially in practice with suggested exercises, and how to’s for other educators and professionals to help integrate the approach into educational sessions, workshops etc.
In terms of the shape of the book itself, the topics below are a general guide only. Please do not feel restricted by this list. We are open to considering other creative topic suggestions that deal with innovative approach to the arts in humane medicine in medical education and healthcare.
Here are some important areas which have been identified as most relevant to medical educators and those active in healthcare education and practice:
Arts methods which provide creative opportunities for respectful and open human communication between and among healthcare professionals as well as between practitioners and patients, families etc. (moving beyond simple role plays commonly seen in medicine, how can the arts create dynamic opportunities to increase embodied experience and open the way for critical discussion and potential changes in practice and policy?)
Arts enhancing observational skills, fostering empathy (examples visual art, fabric art, drama, collage etc.)
the use of the arts in varied forms to teach about the importance of ethical decision making and challenges (narrative, poetry, drama/other)
Story and Narrative
How story and narrative can be use effectively in medical education and in healthcare
Methods that help provide opportunities for expression/feelings/experience (narratives and personal stories from caregivers and patients, examples)

Humanizing Space: Creative Arts and Applications of Design and Technology in Health
Arts in innovative design and architecture, how design contributes to wellness and a healing environment, 

New ways technology can be used creatively to enhance health education and/or practice (example digital story)
Practitioner Self Care
Burn out, mental health issues, life balance, time management, stress reduction (mindfulness and meditation etc.)

 Creative Arts in Aging and Health
Creative arts methods applied in aging and health for caregivers and older persons
How the creative arts can be helpful for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in work in death and dying and in palliative care as health professionals and families cope daily with the human realities of death, loss and grief

Multi cultural Perspectives
How other cultures use the creative arts in innovative ways in education and healthcare, aging and health etc.
How the art of comedy and humour can play a critical role in humanizing medicine/healthcare for caregiver and patients alike.
Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

We are welcoming abstracts from educators, physicians, nurses, mental health educators and therapists and other health professionals as well as from artists and individuals with compelling stories to tell who have had personal experiences with arts and health.
Please send abstract only (max. 200 wds.) by email to as a Word email attachment, “abstract CAHM” in the subject line, before October 22, 2012 deadline. Double space. Please be sure to include your name, affiliations and contact information, email address.

Those selected will be asked to send full papers (max. 6,500 wds.) by January 15, 2013.

All contributors whose full papers are published will receive thank you copies of the book upon publication.

Kindly circulate, thank you.