Everyone who has ever sung in the shower, created (or admired) a masterpiece or laughed through a comedy show, will appreciate that the arts can make you feel good. Two articles, Creative New Directions in Dietetics by Catherine Morley and Mapping Resiliency Building Bridges Toward Change an Experiential Arts-based Narrative Inquiry with Dietetics Professionals by Jacqui Gingras, Assistant Professor at the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, and Jennifer Atkins a dietitian at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, presented varied arts based approaches in practice.
Dr. Norman K. Denzin, one of the world’s most distinguished authorities on qualitative research writes, Performance becomes public pedagogy when it uses the aesthetic, the performative, to foreground the intersections of politics, institutional sites and embodied experience.” (Denzin, 2003 pg. 9). Such dramas” are unique in that they are an embodied way of performing research while artistically provoking change, presenting issues and, at the same time, questioning the status quo through story.
The aim of this paradigm is to challenge the status quo that sees arts and health emerging as a predominantly participative arts field, to the exclusion of other approaches, and to return to the idea of arts as a broad field that interacts with health, well-being and healthcare settings in myriad ways.
At over 400 pages, this is a rich and multifaceted collection of articles and chapters about the creative arts in health and interdisciplinary practice, an accessible yet highly informative text that enlightens the reader about the inquiries and the processes while offering first hand insights into approaches, stories of the work in practice, how to method based exercises and lists of comprehensive references.
Understand contemporary issues and best practices of how a range of arts modalities can be applied to comprehensive healthcare and community wellness initiatives through the critical examination of literature, including case studies in arts and health.