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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Research: A Credo

A Credo for The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Research
by Cheryl McLean

as delivered in the keynote address, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Research,
A Pond of Interdisciplinary Opportunity, 
at the Arts Based Research Network Symposium, 
Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S.,
October 5, 2012.

Photos from book Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change,  Detselig Temeron Press

I dream for the creative arts in interdisciplinary research a credo. I believe we will continue to share our own lives, our experiences for witness and the lives and experiences of others, and that we will embody our stories without shame, take pride in our identities and unique histories, teach through our sufferings and inspire through our celebrations.  We will have the freedom to speak without fear, embody and re-illuminate the human story, stage human vulnerability, foster citizenship and give voice to the silenced, the oppressed and the marginalized whether from a stage, an art gallery, around a kitchen table, a study circle or from the streets of our inner cities.

We will continue to support one another and build our research capital, keep telling the stories of our work, communicate our scholarship outside the academy and across disciplines in a multitude of creative and accessible ways to the broadest possible audiences.

We will endeavour to meet often and in person around the most critical needs facing our communities at home and around the world and offer creative and life giving ideas for healthy, clean and safe environments while creating spaces for  human expression and connection that  foster acceptance and acknowledge people as human beings of value. 
I believe through the creative arts in interdisciplinary research and practice we can create opportunities and communities for change and together accomplish the extraordinary.

Cheryl McLean is Executive Editor and Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP and  Editor of the books "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Research, Inquiries for Hope and Change" and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change", Detselig Temeron Press, 2010, 2011 and "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine", Brush Education Inc. (for release 2013).