HIV/AIDS & Aboriginal Youth
with Dr. June Larkin, Tiffany Nelson, and
March 4th 1:30-3:00
Free, all are welcome, please RSVP to email@example.com
News related to the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice by Cheryl McLean,Publisher, The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice
"This paper presents a KT model, the Critical Realism and the Arts Research Utilization Model (CRARUM), that combines critical realism and arts-based methodologies. Critical realism facilitates understanding of clinical settings by providing insight into the interrelationship between its structures and potentials, and individual action. The arts nurture empathy, and can foster reflection on the ways in which contextual factors influence and shape clinical practice, and how they may facilitate or impede change. The combination of critical realism and the arts within the CRARUM model promotes the successful embedding of interventions, and greater impact and sustainability.....CRARUM has the potential to strengthen the science of implementation research by addressing the complexities of practice settings, and engaging potential adopters to critically reflect on existing and proposed practices and strategies for sustaining change."
No prior theatre or performance experience is needed to participate in this workshop. Arts-based research, ethnodrama in particular, has been advocated by such key figures in qualitative inquiry as Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln as a powerful way for ethnography to recover yet interrogate the meanings of lived experiences. This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of dramatizing data and explore how qualitative research transfers "from page to stage." The session will provide a literature review of available ethnodramas with participants reading aloud informally from scripts (and, pending A/V availability, watching videos of ethnotheatrical performance). We will then explore how the participants' personal lived experiences can become "autoethnographic monologues." Participants will select a personal story as the basis for workshopping an informal retelling of that work to peers. The facilitator will guide each researcher-as-storyteller through the process of selecting necessary sensory details, choosing evocative language, and employing gesture and voice as instruments for dramatizing the data.
The deadline for submitting papers is past, however, registration for the Congress itself is ongoing. The Congress has some excellent presentations and workshops planned. A great opportunity to connect with others with like interests around the inspiring theme,
"Advancing Human Rights through Qualitative Inquiry"
It is good to see our Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal Advisory Board members making news across the country. I recently came across an article with news about Robert Kelly "Giving Rise to Excellence" written by reporter Valerie Berenyi at The Calgary Herald.
I am including an excerpt from the article below:
"Robert Kelly has a big idea: He wants to drag our education system--which he feels is mostly about convention and producing good little consumers-- kicking and screaming into the 21st century by embracing a culture of creativity.
In his new book Creative Expression, Creative Education (Detselig Enterprises Ltd.), Kelly, an associate professor in The University of Calgary's art department, argues we are evolving from the information age, focused on mass consumption, into the conceptual age, one fuelled by innovation.
Citing the work of writers like Daniel Pink and Charles Leadbeater, Kelly says a culture of creativity is already emerging. He points to the collective energy spurring new entities like open source software, YouTube and Wikipedia.
"If we are to produce engaged citizens," he says, "our education system must learn to balance the traditions of discipline, standardization and measurement with ideas, creativity and collaboration."
"The archetype in art is someone waiting in their studio for some magnanimous vision. But the worst way to get a good idea is to sit in a room by yourself."
Kelly says his book, co-written with poet (and professor) Carl Leggo from the University of British Columbia, is intended to give parents and educators a grounding in creative theory.
The first of three books in a series, Creative Expression, Creative Education was funded with a grant from Alberta Education. It may be used as a resource as the government embarks on an overhaul of the fine arts curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 12. "
(in the book Creative Expression, Creative Education over twenty creative producers representing a wide range of disciplines bear witness to personal acts of creativity. )
Call for Submissions
“Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health” Student Symposium
The Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI), along with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution, the York Institute for Health Research, the Centre for Urban Schooling, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention, Toronto Public Health, Planned Parenthood Toronto and the University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Counseling Centre invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2009 Student Symposium on Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health. This is a FREE symposium that will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 and invites anyone interested in youth sexual health to attend.The goal of the symposium is to bring together university students to share their research and artistic pieces on youth sexual health and to engage and network with other students, academics, policy makers, and community members involved or interested in Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health. Students are encouraged to use this symposium as an opportunity to present research ‘in progress’, test out ideas for a thesis or dissertation proposal, or present original research or artistic pieces.Projects that are selected for the Student Symposium will be promoted on the CUHI website. A total of three awards will be granted to students in categories of poster, oral, and artistic presentations.
'Co-designing Play Spaces in the Therapy Department at Sunny Hill' Jen Gellis, Emily Carr University
"Co-designing Play Spaces in the Therapy Department at Sunny Hill" is my thesis research project at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver. B.C. I am trained as an Occupational Therapist and have been working at Sunny Hill for the past five years until last January when I took an education leave to complete my Master's of Applied Arts degree in Design at Emily Carr University.
I intend to share my unique opportunity to explore design from my position as an Occupational Therapist as well as how my approach to my work with children with disabilities has shifted through my exposure to design methods.
The main goal of the Co-design project is to explore the use of creative design research methods (drawing, photography, building, modeling, collage) with children to inform the design of a play space in the therapy department at Sunny Hill. The study involves collaboration with children with disabilities, their parents, caregivers and healthcare providers at the centre. The project is guided by participatory action research and participatory design research methods. The long term outcome will be the design and implementation of a play space based on collaborations with children who visit Sunny Hill for appointments, their parents as well as healthcare providers at the centre.
I also intend to contribute knowledge in design and occupational therapy...by making new connections between occupational therapy and industrial design, by capturing new evidence and alternative methodological approaches through the use of creative activities and materials as a research method with children and by working in under researched areas, for example the participatory design of healthcare spaces with children with disabilities.
The long-term outcome will be the design and implementation of a play space based on collaborations with children who visit Sunny Hill for appointments, their parents as well as healthcare providers at the centre. A shorter term outcome will be the design of a creative 'toolkit' that can be used by children, parents, healthcare providers and designers (to design adapted equipment, home renovations, perhaps child-friendly knowledge transfer materials etc., healthcare systems and services)."
It is good to hear from students and researchers who are actively using the creative arts as well as design in their applied work in healthcare. Excellent work Jen and we wish you well in this innovative design project! CM
For information about this project contact Jen Gellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies, Haifa University, Har Hacarmel, Haifa, Israel and by email by March 6, 2009 to: Professor Rachel Lev, Head of Search Committee email@example.com