University of Memphis' Institute for Arts and Health to Host Symposium on Realizing Opportunities for Individual, Family and Community Well-being

Enjoy a fascinating afternoon with artists, performers, museum education directors, therapists and research scientists as they share innovative work, combining expertise in the arts with multiple health fields, to enrich lives and improve well-being in our community and beyond.

The symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 18th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It will be held at the UofM Community Health Building at 4055 North Park Loop (at the intersection of Park and Goodlett.) Parking passes will be available to purchase at the north entrance portico (passes are $3.00 and cash only.)

It's free and open to the public.

Speakers include:
Gregory Washington, PhD, LCSW, UofM School of Social Work and Center for the Advancement of Youth Development, and William Hunter, EdD, UofM Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Health.
Time: 1:10PM -1:35PM 
Education, Males, and Music 
Sarah R. Leat, PhD, LMSW, UofM School of Social Work 
Time: 1:35PM -2:00PM 
Capturing the Impact of Environmental Stress on Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Lucienne Auz, PhD,  Director of Education and Community Outreach, Metal Museum 
Time: 2:15PM - 2:40PM
Forging Healing Connections: Art and Health Programs at the Metal Museum
Elena Delavega, PhD, MSW, UofM School of Social Work & Jim Pierce, PhD, MT-BC Music Therapist, UofM Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Time: 3:45PM -4:10PM 
Project MIL V: A Collaboration to Bring Musical Healing to Veterans 
Kathy Dumlao, Director of Education and Interpretation, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art & Paige Scheinberg, Art Therapist, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Founder, SHINE ON Consulting 
Time: 2:40PM -3:05PM 
Art therapy for youth social-emotional development 
Darlene Poe Winters, M.A., CCC-SLP, UofM School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Artistic Director, Company d
Time: 3:20PM -3:45PM 
Enhancing cognitive, social, and communication skills through dance among young adults with Down syndrome 
Michael Schmidt, PhD, MGD. UofM Department of Art & Design and School of Public Health 
Time: 4:10PM -4:35PM 
Design for Health: Unexpected Opportunities 

About The Institute for the Arts & Health

The University of Memphis is pleased to announce the establishment of the Institute for Arts and Health. The Institute will bridge the arts, humanities, social sciences, digital technologies and STEM areas, and aims to incubate and secure funding for transdisciplinary research and community engagement related to the Arts and Health.

"The roots of the Institute stretch back to the spring of 2018," said Dr. Anne Hogan, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts (CCFA) and Acting Director of the new Institute, "when informal meetings were held in various campus venues in which faculty, staff, graduate students, health and wellbeing practitioners and educational partners shared best practices for research and outreach broadly related to the arts and health."

The Institute will support a trio of sub-committees, each focused on different aspects of arts and health. These sub-committees include Arts Initiatives for Health in the Community, chaired by Susan Elswick from the School of Social Work; Health, Wellbeing and the Built Environment, chaired by Jenna Thompson of the Department of Architecture; and Health Initiatives for Artists, chaired by Miriam van Mersbergen from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. CCFA Dean's Fellow for Research Melissa Janoske McLean will be working closely with the sub-committee chairs and with Hogan to advance ongoing and upcoming research initiatives.

"I am thrilled that the efforts of UofM colleagues and community partners to drive innovation in this important area of research can further evolve under the auspices of the Institute for Arts and Health," said Hogan. "And, I am inspired by the work that has been done to date. Achieving institute status is so important for us to continue our mission to increase the impact and visibility of arts and health-related initiatives."

Areas of interest for the newly established Institute include research centered around expressive arts therapy, ways that an environment or space can be improved to affect overall health and wellbeing and strategies for instilling healthy habits in artists through appropriate and supportive physical and mental practices.