Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Book Call for Authors, Poets, Artists

At the CCAHTE, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education blog "Arts and Health Crossing Borders" we encourage our readers to share topical news about new projects underway and we are pleased to support scholars actively engaged in arts informed research. We recently heard from CCAHTE subscriber, Dr. Pauline Sameshima, with a call for submissions for the upcoming book "Revealing Red: Inspiring Responsive Research" a sequel to "Seeing Red: A Pedagogy of Parallax."

Pauline Sameshima is Assistant Professor at Washington State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from San Diego State University, and a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sameshima publishes and presents in the field of education and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Education and the Arts.

This announcement will be of special interest to Professors in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education, Art Education, Cultural Studies, Gender and Feminist Studies, Artful Qualitative Research, Life-history Research, Language and Literacy Studies as well as graduate students.

A Call for Papers, Poetry and Art for an Audience Created Sequel to "Seeing Red"

"It is not possible to submit to this project without first reading the book, Seeing Red. "Seeing Red" http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=4&bid=109 is made up of letters, poetry and art from a researcher-teacher graduate student, Julia, written to her advisor. The sequel reveals the letters written from the advisor back to Julia. Submissions will be letter responses to the first book....This edited collection of letters, poems, and art will demonstrate the methodology of arts-informed research and share provocative thinking that explains, contradicts, or expands issues raised in the prequel while providing an academic venue for writing truth, inspiring creativity, and allowing stories to be told."

Call for selected submissions from authors, poets, artists

Advance publication contract issued from Cambria Press.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2008

See below: sample chapter "Seeing Red"


Please send submissions to redsletters@cambriapress.com.

Art for Social Change

A product. A statement. A crisis.

A portable inflatable shelter
attached to a building heating vent.

Product name: The Para SITE

Read more about this work and others featured at the current Museum London exhibit "Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art" in columnist Ian Gillespie's article, London Free Press, January 19

This exhibit at The Ivey Galleries, Museum London
Opening January 25 running until March 16, 2008.

"Organized by curator Stephanie Smith, " Beyond Green Toward a Sustainable Art" explores the ways that sustainable design philosophy resonates with the work of an emerging generation of international artists....Ranging from the highly practical to entirely rhetorical, these projects make use of the discursive power of art, embedding environmental concerns within larger ethical and aesthetic explorations and building paths to new forms of practice that go beyond green." Museum London Quarterly see: http://www.londonmuseum.on.ca/pdfs/jan3.pdf

"I think this is a great vehicle for demonstrating how artists are really starting to work differently," says Melanie Townsend, head of exhibitions and collections at Museum London. "There's a lot of collaborative work, where artists are working with scientists and researchers and agricultural workers. And there's a lot of activist elements at work."quote from article London Free Press

Monday, January 21, 2008

Youth and Homelessness, Toronto Youth Use Arts to Express True Stories of Life on the Streets

We heard recently from CCAHTE subscriber and researcher Katharine King about the Youth Pathways Project http://www.tyss.org/process.html , a youth research project at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which took place in collaboration with the University of Toronto. This research helped offer an opportunity and a place for youth to share their voices and express true stories about living and surviving on the streets of Toronto.
In a recent email Katharine reported, " I've been a subscriber to CCAHTE for several months; it is a valuable resource for those of us doing interdisciplinary work in the arts and health,education and research."

In this post we share with you information about the Toronto Youth Street Stories project.

YPP Dissemination Team

Patricia Erickson

Katharine King

Tara Fidler

Christine Wong-Chong

Nora Ottaway

"Toronto Youth Street Stories (TYSS) grew out of the YPP, Youth Pathways Project http://www.tyss.org/process.html conducted by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto. The YPP study focussed on issues of ethnic and sexual diversity, drug use, and mental health faced by youth living in high-risk environments on or close to the street. The study generated new knowledge about the quality of life experienced by street-involved youth, as well as factors that influence their pathways into either a more stable and healthy adulthood, or a continued existence on the street. The YPP findings are critical to informing policy related to substance abuse treatment, child protection, mental health promotion, and violence prevention in street-involved youth.

The insights and anecdotes that the young people shared gave an extra dimension to the data and statistics generated by the surveys and interviews. These youth obviously had a desire to share their stories, but often lacked the means and opportunity to do so.

TYSS was created as an innovative way to collect these stories, disseminate some of the knowledge gained from these studies, and paint a multi-dimensional picture of the realities experienced by youth living on or near the streets of a major Canadian city.
In the summer of 2007, a team of researchers and facilitators organized a series of writing workshops at different youth agencies in downtown Toronto. With the assistance of peer facilitators, local authors led the workshops by sharing their writing and challenging the youth to create their own characters, rhythms, and writing styles.
The youth wrote stories, poems, and short essays dealing with issues one might expect from a street-involved population, such as physical and sexual abuse, drug use, and violence. But they also wrote about pregnancy, parenting, work, money, family, love, music, beauty, religion, sexuality, isolation, and joy."
Curse us for the cards that life has dealt us
You hate us because we portray a “bad image” of your streets
Yet right in front of us you discard your empty coffee cups
Polluting the very streets you accuse us of destroying.....

I’m addicted to the streets now
To the rain that pours and washes away the scars and pain
To the snow that falls and smothers my flame of anger
To the winds that blow and clear away the debris of hurt...
From the poem "How Dare You" By Poet/ "No Compromise"
see more TYSS youth contributions at http://www.tyss.org/poetry.html

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Grieving as Meaning-Making, Robert A. Neimeyer Presentation London, Ontario

London Interfaith Counselling Centre presents,
Death, Loss and the Quest for Meaning

February 28, 2008
Robert A. Neimeyer
Bessie Labatt Hall, King's University College, London, Ontario
  • Trajectories Through Bereavement
  • Loss and the Disruption of Self Narratives
  • Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning
Registration information at http://www.licc.on.ca/confdetails.htm
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Psychotherapy Research in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. He has published 20 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of nearly 300 articles and book chapters, and a frequent workshop presenter, he currently is working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

We received many emails from our CCAHTE Journal subscribers in the last several days and I am very pleased to hear from so many professionals actively working in arts, health, training
and education. Here is our latest post from Marlana Carnett, Quebec:

"I found your site while researching the market for creative workshops.... The labels for the blog articles cover all possible aspects of integrating the arts into the health, training and education worlds.
The CCAHTE Journal is an excellent resource because the articles include insights gained from personal experiences and could assist in greater professional efficacy. I greatly appreciated the article by Carl Leggo Ph.D. (September 07 issue) which so humanly and poetically shows the reader the way to be and do integratively. Leggo's "bottom line" is that the inner voice (the slow, honest and timeless one) longs to be heard over the din of "success", hurry and mass media.
I bring a one hour inspirational respite to the workplace every week for twelve weeks culminating in a journal written and illustrated by each individual."

Marlana Carnett
les ateliers FORTUNE workshops

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Historical Context for Arts and Health in Canada

Use of the Arts in Medical and Health Professional Education

Article Offers A Historical Context for Arts and Health in Canada

Pamela Brett-MacLean, Ph.D. (C) Co-Director, Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, recently published a comprehensive and concise historical overview of the use of the arts in medical and healthcare education in Canada in "The University of Alberta Health Sciences Journal", September, 2007, Volume 4 :

Reporting chronologically on the history of the arts and health and medical humanities education in Canada , while describing progressive programs in Canada currently underway, this article is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the medical humanities and arts in action and practice in education, health and training in Canada and internationally.
Following the article there is a reference section which includes articles and resources and other examples of the use of arts in health professional education in the literary arts, visual arts, performing arts, music and film.

In the discussion section, CCAHTE, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal, is reported as offering new interconnections between art, health and medicine in Canada.

The September issue of "The University of Alberta Health Science Journal" also published several other articles related to arts and health. You can access the complete issue free at:

Special congratulations to Pamela for starting a new column in The University of Alberta Health Sciences Journal called MUSA, "Arts Humanities in Health and Medicine"...

"This article has focused on the many ways in which artists and the arts contribute to education, as well as the life and culture in Canada. It underscores the expansive synergy that exists between the arts, culture, health and wellbeing. In doing so, this article underscores the need to broaden an understanding of the benefits of the arts beyond K-12 education, through to post-secondary educational experiences and in particular the education of health professionals."
P. Brett-MacLean

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Stress Management /Psychologists Run Contemplative Arts Intensive for Healthcare Practitioners

More news today from our CCAHTE Journal subscribers...

We recently heard from Dr. Kim van Walsum a Psychologist with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre about an upcoming intensive.

CAReS - Contemplative Arts for the Reduction of Stress
For healthcare practitioners interested in contemplative arts and mindfulness-based stress reduction practices, The Red Deer College Summer Series for the Arts will be offering a week long intensive workshop led by psychologists, MBSR practitioners, and CAReS co-developers Dr. Christine Korol (Tom Baker Cancer Centre) and Dr. Kim van Walsum (Peterborough Regional Health Centre) July 28 - August l, 2008.

For registration and more information check out The Red Deer Summer Series for the Arts;

Telephone registration for all workshops opens January 16.

8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. By calling 403-357-3663 or 1-888-886-2787


Friday, January 4, 2008

Mapping the Arts and Health in Alberta

More news today from our CCAHTE Journal subscribers,

This just in from Michael Dickinson and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts,

Mapping the Arts & Health in Alberta

In May 2006, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) launched a project to map the arts and health in the province. The result inventory will list key programs, activities and practitioners working in this area. We are using a broad approach to capture activities and practitioners delivering arts and health programming for various reasons, and in a multitude of settings.
When completed, the inventory will both provide an effective networking tool, and serve as a resource for those organizations and individuals interested in getting involved in arts and health programming.

The Alberta Arts and Health inventory will grow as more and more administrators and practitioners involved in this area become aware of this initiative. The inventory is available at culturescope.ca at the following link: http://culturescope.ca/ev_en.php?ID=13141_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC.

To request a copy, or be included in the Alberta Arts and Health Inventory, or to learn more about the survey approach being followed, contact:

Research Consultant (Arts Branch), P: 780.415.0911 (310.0000 for toll free dialling);

Email: paul.pearson@gov.ab.ca.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Dance DVD Explores Key Issues in Palliative Care

News about new projects in arts and health from our CCAHTE subscribers

DVD "Carry Me Home" Uses Movement to Explore Illness, Healing and Consolation

We heard recently from Brenda Cantelo Ph.D., Department of Religion, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg about her dance film, “Carry Me Home.” Brenda specializes in religion and the arts with an emphasis on dance. She choreographed and filmed a dance performance which developed out of a project for Manitoba Artists in Healthcare inspired by her volunteer experiences in palliative care at St. Boniface Hospital. The performance interprets key issues in palliative care such as fear, loneliness, struggle, love, caring and family.

Brenda reported the dances in the video were influenced by authentic movement techniques. She explains, “only after being witnessed or having one’s own experiences validated is one able to see oneself authentically and find one’s voice.”

She describes the work as a journey from fear to security. “By portraying the patient as transitioning from fear to security, the video allows the audience to move vicariously with the patient through illness to a deeper sense of self and connection to others. When one recognizes one’s situation, story and place, even in the re-constructed world of the imagination, one’s sense of self, both in the social and personal sense is reclaimed.”

For more information or to contact Brenda Cantelo about the DVD “Carry Me Home” cantelo@ms.umanitoba.ca

The poem "Coming to My Senses" by award winning Manitoba poet Laurie Block is also featured in the performance.

Read more about Laurie Block and his poetry at:


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Association for Medical Humanities UK Meeting "Creative Space Arts, Humanities and Healthcare"

Creative Space

Arts, Humanities and Healthcare

Fifth Annual Meeting

of the Association for Medical Humanities UK

University of Glasgow

8 - 9 July 2008

Call for Papers

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Association for Medical Humanities UK (AMH) will be held in Glasgow on the 8th and 9th of July 2008. There will be a pre-conference event on the evening of the 7th of July. The meeting will consist of invited plenary lectures, seminars and free presentations in parallel sessions.

We invite presentations on all aspects of medical humanities including:

• Visual Arts and Medicine,

• Arts in the Practice of Medicine,

• Literature and Medicine,

• Art Architecture and Design in Healthcare,

• Music and Drama

• Medical Humanities in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Curricula

• Medical Professionalism.

The leading themes of the meeting will be Visual Arts and Medicine and Arts Architecture and Design in Healthcare.

Abstracts (maximum 250 words in length) should be submitted electronically to Sheila LeVin at slv1h@clinmed.gla.ac.uk.

Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2008.