Tuesday, May 4, 2010
IJCAIP Shaping Field of Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice
The seeds were planted in the spring of 2006. At that time I had envisioned a global community linked around the creative arts and its broader applications in practice, a network that would extend beyond any single modality, methodology or exclusive field of study drawn from across disciplinary borders in health, education and training. Art by Robert Kelly
To achieve this goal, and to provide the necessary communication channels for research and information, individuals were identified and organizations interested in arts in health, training and education were contacted personally to ask if they might like to access a web based newsletter that featured articles about the creative arts as applied across disciplines. The response to this gentle inquiry was overwhelmingly positive. The Canadian Creative Arts in Health Training and Education e/newsjournal or CCAHTE as it was known, was launched in September 2006 as an open access (OA) internet news/journal, the interdisciplinary journal of the creative arts in health, training and education. The advisory board was established with representation from leading universities and institutions across North America and diverse disciplines in education, healthcare (nursing, public health, medicine) fine arts and design. We operated CCAHTE on a free subscription basis and welcomed articles from contributors worldwide.
Three years later, in consultation with the journal advisory board and to reflect the publication's broadening scope and international status as the open access peer reviewed academic journal in the field, the journal was renamed The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, IJCAIP.
Today, The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, IJCAIP, has a large international subscriber base and is accessible to researchers, educators and students in over 15,000 libraries in 60 countries around the world including developing nations.
Publishing activities at IJCAIP have contributed significantly to propagating a new and fertile knowledge base for research and information about the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice. The publication sponsors a number of interconnected IJCAIP websites as well as a monthly newsletter and several creative arts in interdisciplinary practice blogs. This year, IJCAIP, with Editor, Cheryl McLean (Publisher of IJCAIP) and Advisory Board member and Associate Editor, Robert Kelly, University of Calgary, will be publishing two new research texts, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change" and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change" (Detselig Temeron Press).
It has been our intention to illustrate the considerable breadth and scope of this field while featuring leaders active in the work in action and practice. We continue to foster and encourage new research as well as carry the message across disciplines sharing news about the many applications of the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice with a growing worldwide readership.
The journey continues,
Cheryl McLean, Publisher IJCAIP
subscription to IJCAIP Journal is free with an email to CherylMcLean@ijcaip.com "please subscribe"