Thursday, August 30, 2012

National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Academy of Sciences host Arts and Aging Event

Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities
for Exploring the Relationship
between the Arts and Health and Well-Being in Older Adults

Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Keck Center, National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington,
DC 20001

The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Academy of Sciences will co-host a public workshop that will explore the benefit of the arts to the health and well-being of older adults. The workshop is expected to help inform the NEA and the NIH of potential opportunities for research in this area. The gathering will feature leading neuroscientists, psychologists, and researchers and practitioners in health and the arts, who will present findings from research on the arts and aging, in an effort to pinpoint gaps for future studies. Among the day's topics: How do arts programs for older adults affect
brain function? How does the design of long-term care facilities affect quality of life? How does art therapy compare to other treatments for older adults with cognitive decline? What's the cost-benefit analysis of arts in health care programs for older adults?

This workshop is the latest project of the NEA's Interagency Task Force on the
Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 14 federal agencies and departments
to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their
full potential at all stages of life.
Speakers include:

For the full schedule of presenters, see

Guests may RSVP to Agnes Gaskin, National Academy of Sciences,

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at
202-682-5606 or

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New IJCAIP Book, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine


For Immediate Release

August 15, 2012

Leading Publishers Converge Creating Innovative Arts in Medicine Book

A groundbreaking new book in the burgeoning international field of arts and health has garnered support from two respected leaders in the Canadian publishing industry. The book, currently in process, is titled “Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” and will be released in 2013. This is the third academic text book to be edited by The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP Publisher and Executive Editor, Cheryl L. McLean.

Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will be published by Brush Education Limited of Calgary, Alberta, operated by partners Glenn Rollans and Fraser Seely.

Rollans has been in publishing for more than 30 years. A leader in the publishing industry, Glenn has been the co-principal of Duval House Publishing/Les Éditions Duval (later acquired by Nelson Education), the director of the University of Alberta Press and the editor-in-chief of Lone Pine Publishing. From 1996-2000 Glenn was the co-director of the Business of Publishing program at the University of Chicago.

Seely started his publishing career 30 years ago at Oxford University Press. Fraser has been a leader throughout his career as a vice-president at the Heritage Group, the chief operating officer at Broadview Press, and the former owner and publisher of Fifth House Publishers.

Publishers expect the book, which will be available in both hard copy and ebook formats, will be a valuable study resource in medical education.

After the successful release of two books in the CAIP Research Series featuring the creative arts and research, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice", and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change" published by Detselig Temeron Press, Editor, McLean sees the new book serving a critical need bringing arts approaches to medical education.

“The arts are alive and thriving in medical education today with the world’s leading medical schools offering progressive programming at the intersections between the arts and health. Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will serve a critical need for resources and feature methods that value humanism and qualities of human caring such communication, mutual respect, empathic practices and emotional and patient centered connections between physicians and other healthcare providers and their patients while fostering arts influenced approaches that can open the way for humane medicine in education and practice.”

More info can be found at the book blog, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine