A recent CNN article (July 5, 2013) publicized the benefits of an arts-in-medicine program at University of New Mexico Hospital. The mission of the arts program is to “facilitate creative encounters that help patients and their families discover new meaning in life and death, or just for fun.” Patricia Repar, director of the arts-in-medicine program says sometimes, this can be as simple as playing music at a patient’s bedside to help them calm down or sleep.
Patrica Repar knows from experience the value of engaging in the creative process. After becoming severely ill during a visit to Ecuador, she states she “…was afraid and lonely and frustrated,” and remembers feeling like she was “tapped on the should by death.”
She decided the only way she could deal with it was to create collages, images, short and simple “sound” pieces, poetry and narratives. “The daily art-making kept my life full of meaning,” says Repar, who has a doctorate in music composition. “And I found myself calm and pain-free until I could get further medical care in my home country of Canada.”
Here are the highlights of the article…
- University of New Mexico Hospital arts-in-medicine program involves art, music, drama and dancing
- “Creative encounters” help patients find new meanings in life and death