Arts Practica provides:
- For care providers and clinical teachers in creativity, reflective practice, and pedagogical tools.
- For arts leaders and educators: to extend their capacity to specific needs in medical practice.
- Distance learning.
2) Consulting on program development and cross-disciplinary collaborations
Arts Practica programs are run from several angles:
- Workshops for medical and museum experts, together
- Workshops for clinicians and clinical faculty
- Workshops for leaders and practitioners in museums and the arts
Services are offered directly to medical schools and healthcare organizations, and to arts organizations looking to expand their impact into the medical sector. All services are customized to institutions and stakeholders.
To get started, contact Arts Practica for more information.
Bridging the Gap Between Art Museums
and the Clinic
This workshop is for experts in the medical and the arts fields to come together around a common cause, learn from one another, develop their partnerships and its tools, and get new stakeholders involved. Appropriate for any stage of partnership, this workshop serves the needs of planning, training, refinement. It further allows participants the opportunity to learn from one another across disciplines, as well as from other models in the field.
Art Museums and hospitals have a lot in common. They both strive to:
· Improve quality of life within their communities;
· Make charged, unfamiliar environments become unscary places of transformation.
· Educate people;
· Foster work teams that function efficiently across disciplines and hierarchical levels;
· Help novices learn practical, interactive skills;
· Impact lives within diverse publics;
· Align left- and right-brain thinking
· Translate non-verbal perception into words.
Deliverables include: clarity and alignment around key issues, strategies for teaching across disciplines,
and tools for maximizing the unique resources of each partner.
Workshops for clinicians
New offering: The Art Practicum: Seeing in Uncertainty – arts-based workshop for clinicians, October 5, 2013, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. Learn more and register here.
Arts Practica offers customized workshops for the purposes of:
- Faculty skill development
- Partnerships / Program Design
- Fundraising or cultivating stakeholders with authentic arts learning experiences.
The main themes of these workshops are observation, collaboration, and creative renewal. All workshops feature interactive encounters with works of art and reflection on the process and are informed by the latest research in the fields of arts learning and cognition.
As needed, workshops may also cover theory in the following areas:
How do people learn how to observe, and how can we best support novice clinicians?
How can we help medical students tolerate ambiguity better? What’s art got to do with it?
What is Visual Thinking Strategies and how does it apply to medical education?
What’s all this talk about art museums as ideal environments to learn clinical skills?
What does the research say?
Workshops are most effective for working teams or faculty cadres, and are suitable for participants who consider themselves left-brained, skeptical, and/or time-crunched, as well as faculty who enjoy the arts, and want to go deeper in new teaching approaches.
Workshops range from 90-minutes to 1-day to multi-visit series.
Workshops can take place on-site or at a local art museum.
Services for arts leaders and practitioners
It is one of Arts Practica’s greatest joys to help museums recognize and tap the unique expertise and opportunity they already have in place, and to develop the capacity to extend it into the medical sphere. Consulting and workshops are offered for the purposes of:
- Program Kick-Off
- Partnerships / Program Design
- Applying your VTS capacity to needs in healthcare
Workshops are developed in close collaboration with you, based on your institution’s questions, needs, and opportunities. They often address questions such as:
- How can museums uniquely impact community health?
- How can museums cultivate new audiences and make a real difference along the way?
- What are the teachings we already know and practice that are sorely needed in medical training?
- How can we extend our existing expertise into targeted issues in medicine and medical parlance?
- How can we position partnership with medical education to maximize the impact on the local community and the museum field?
Consulting services are offered to medical schools, hospitals, and/or museums
Program formulation: All aspects of program design created in close collaboration with your organization.
Together, we will create an arts-medicine course, customized to the needs of your institution and participant group. Deliverables include: foundational documents, recommendations, curriculum materials, and training.
Program rejuvenation: Enhancement of existing curriculum. Deliverables are needs-based, but may include:workshops for planning and training, recommendations, curriculum materials, exposure to new resources.
Alexa frequently presents to:
- Leaders, practitioners, and students in healthcare
- Leaders, practitioners, and students in the arts and museums
- Leaders, practitioners, and students in education
- General audiences
This footage of a mini-workshop offered at the Millennial Medicine symposium, Rice University, April 26, 2013, shows an example of Alexa’s speaking.
It is a joy to share research across disciplines and real-world insights on aesthetic experiences and learning.