The Arts and Health graduate certificate program provides arts professionals, health care workers, and administrators from related fields with the educational background and tools needed to integrate the arts in support of health and wellness among diverse individuals and communities. The programme, now encompassed as the National Centre for Arts and Health, has engaged in collaboration with major cultural institutions in the State, including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Irish Film Institute and various artist and ensembles.
The premiere of Ian Wilson and Leontia Flynn’s new work, Matter, which was written during a residency with people with Parkinson’s disease at the Age Related Health Care Unit at Tallaght Hospital will be performed in the hospital atrium on 23rd October 2013 at 1pm.
Similarly, expansion of individual and community health-enhancing efforts worldwide and an acceptance of the definition of health as being more than the absence of illness are spurring active investigation into the fundamentals of whole-person approaches to creating and sustaining health.
Later that year at the Dietitians of Canada National Conference in Montreal, I presented with a panel about the creative arts across disciplines and implications for dietetics practice and performed a brief ethnodramatic monologue which shared a client’s memory around eating with family (his brother) and his current lived experience at the resident home.
This paradigm aims to counter the artificial and defensive barriers constructed between practitioners and professional groups within the field, encourage greater respect and understanding between practitioners and assist in identifying training and development needs for the various arts professionals working in contexts related to health and well-being.