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National Organizations Examine Creative Intersections

'Snaps and Words'

We spend a lot of time analyzing the environment in which the arts and culture sector operates, both locally and nationally. We follow the news closely to understand what’s top of mind in our community and we meet with people outside of arts and culture to learn the same. We have conversations with artists and arts and cultural leadership to understand their priorities and challenges. Along the way, we identify those places where the priorities of the arts and culture sector serve the broader community. We call those creative intersections.

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Categories: Artists, arts and culture, artsandhealth, creative intersections, Health, Neighborhoods | comments

Support Our Quality of Life Partners

Cellist Paul Kushious engaged pediatric patients and pre-school children from a neighboring day care for 60 minutes in the children’s area. Photo courtesy of MetroHealth

"Quality of life" is a term many use to describe one of the public values produced by Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector. On November 3, 2015 Cuyahoga County voters expressed their deep appreciation for the quality of life that stems from our county’s arts and culture organizations and artists. This appreciation was evident when they overwhelmingly voted to renew county-wide funding for arts and culture. Clearly arts and culture is not the only community asset that contributes to quality of life. On March 15, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to consider renewing public sector funding for another valuable community force that contributes to “quality of life” through Issue 23, the health and human services levy. The health and human services field is every bit as much about improving quality of life as we are in the field of arts and culture. In fact many of those organizations employ art and music therapists and engage in arts and cultural activities and partnerships.

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Categories: artsandhealth, ballot measure, creative minds in medicine, Health, issues, public official, public policy, Roundtable | comments

5 Things Artists Should Know About Getting Insured

No doubt about it, health insurance is a great thing to have. Unfortunately, navigating the world of health care can be overwhelming, intimidating and downright weird. The emergence of the Affordable Care Act has opened up a lot of opportunities for folks to get insured and get the care they deserve, but even with this new system there are still a lot of questions and uncertainties floating around. Luckily, you’re reading this blog. Here are a few tips you artists (or anyone really) should keep in mind when getting serious about getting covered.

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Categories: Artists, Health, health insurance, Money, resources | comments

So, there’s cancer.

And then there is fear, terror actually.

There is anger and uncertainty and more fear…

There is the feeling of being totally out of control, of knowing nothing except despair and more fear…

And the cancer isn’t yours, it doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to your four-year-old daughter who is the light of your life and who you would die for at any moment…

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Categories: art therapy, Artists, artsandhealth, Health | comments

"I Hate This" (guest blog by David Hansen)

When my wife and I lost our first child due to preeclampsia, I took what solace I could in writing. My journals of that time express the sorrow, anxiety and anger which came from discovering how incapable we are as a society to talk about child loss, especially men. These writings soon after became the source material for my solo performance ³I Hate This (a play without the baby)². Because I am a theater artist, creating this  work was simply the most obvious way for me to communicate my grief, by  telling our story on a stage, as a play, to be produced for a theater audience.

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Categories: arts, artsandhealth, Health | comments

Moving Toward Life (By Guest Blogger Tracey Dwyer)

spontaneous remission n “complete recovery...inexplicable by medical means.” Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier. 

Artists and scientists both seek pathways that lead to the heart of exploration.  The search begs questions like, “how can I make the impossible, possible?” We often make our own best guinea pigs in our attempts to answer such questions.  I had the opportunity to offer myself up to self-experiment when I received breast cancer diagnosis.  I endeavored to dedicate my life to explore my ideas about the power of consciousness over cell regeneration, and the effectiveness of creative process as a tool for transformation.

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Categories: artsandhealth, connect, cross-sector, dance, experience, Health | comments

Creative Minds in Medicine

About a year ago, I was asked to take a journey that had no set itinerary or final destination. I only received a general direction that said “write a paper on the intersection of arts and health in Cleveland.”

Being given free rein to explore such a vast topic is exciting, but it comes with the challenge of figuring out how to make sense of a myriad universe of knowledge that’s out there about it.

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Categories: artsandhealth, Cleveland, health, Health | comments

The multifaceted role of the arts and health in Cleveland: How can the city’s arts and culture sector citizens benefit?

As a recently appointed Research Fellow at CPAC, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in an exploration of the fusion of arts and health. The project, which involves conducting research for a white paper on Cleveland’s arts and health combinations, has been a real eye-opener for me. Through the research, I have gained firsthand knowledge of the opportunities presented by Cleveland’s well-known health sector and its vibrant arts and culture scene.

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Categories: Artists, cross-sector, Health, partnership | comments

A Prescription for Art

Imagine going to the doctor and being given a prescription for art.

For anyone who has ever experienced or been involved in the creation of art, it would come as no surprise because of the calming, therapeutic and transformative effect the arts can provide. The blending of arts and culture activities with the healthcare field produces powerful accounts of the way the arts can impact individuals beyond what standard medical practice can give.

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Categories: Best Practices, cross-sector, Health, partnership | comments

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