UNM AIM

Arts-In-Medicine

The mission of the UNM Arts-in-Medicine Program is to improve health and well-being and alleviate suffering by engaging participants in their innate powers of creativity and healing.

Based at the University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH), the program offers a diversity of healing arts and creative encounters intended to revitalize relationship with self and others, transform medical environments, and enrich communities.

Clinical Services

Healing Arts and Creative Encounters for patients and families, as well as staff and providers at The University of New Mexico Hospitals

Education

Healing Arts Certificate Program for undergraduate and graduate students, healthcare professionals, and the community-at-large. One of the six courses offered is an optional study abroad course in southern Africa

Research

Various projects to evaluate the program as a whole as well as specific interventions for specific populations

Community Outreach

Projects to promote and develop arts and health initiatives in local and regional community organizations and healthcare facilities

International Collaboration

Work with various international organizations and universities to promote and develop arts and healthcare programming in other countries; several projects currently underway in southern Africa

Arts-in-Medicine Special Events

The Arts-in-Medicine concert series takes place every Wednesday during the semester from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The free concerts are held in the UNM Hospital BBRP Cafe and all are welcome to attend!

Patients, Families, and Healthcare Professionals

• Encourage participants to stop, examine, and transform the quality of their lives
• Provide opportunities to express painful and/or suppressed feelings
• Co-create new perspectives on and increased meaning in life
• Facilitate positive experiences and heightened self-esteem
• Relieve pain, discomfort, anxiety, restlessness, respiratory difficulties, insomnia, isolation, depression, withdrawal, loss of speech, grief, and anticipatory grief

The Community

• Build collegial and supportive relationships among faculty, staff and students at UNMH and the greater UNM community
• Recognize and celebrate the cultural diversity of local and regional communities
• Provide opportunities for collaboration between community members and the academy
• Provide new and meaningful opportunities for artists to contribute to society
• Contribute to UNM’s role as an international leader and innovator in medical education
• Build partnerships with international health care professionals and communities

Benefits to Health Care Professionals

What is the connection between creative encounters and improved medical practice?

As you engage more frequently and more deeply in creative encounters you:

Become more comfortable with states of ambiguity and uncertainty
and thus develop a deeper understanding of the complex and oftentimes obscure nature of pain, illness, and the dying process

Learn to facilitate and attend to details of process rather than outcome
and thus develop an attentiveness and sensitivity to details of pain management and patient care, especially when cure is not possible

Observe and create more opportunities for change and choice
and thus empower the patient by involving him/her in decision making and develop an open-minded,
interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to pain management and problem solving in general

Understand the need for self-care and self-awareness
and thus attend to one’s own challenges and sources of suffering in life while learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices

Express yourself more easily, alone and in collaboration with others
and thus develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills, improve patient-caregiver relations, and understand self-expression as an integral component of health

Clarify and personalize your sense of spirituality
and thus develop deep compassion and empathy for all human vulnerabilities and painful conditions

From the Director

“Arts-in-Medicine at UNM is a growing community of people immersed in creative process. Through music, art, dance, and many of the healing arts we facilitate this creative process for others in medical and community environments. Our aim is to inspire healing, learning, and potentially a relief from suffering, increased connectedness with self and other, and a renewed sense of possibility. Our commitment to the act of creating is not for ‘decoration’ but rather, to quote Rollo May, for ‘giving birth to some new reality’, whether it be personal or in the world around us. We invite you to participate in our Healing Arts Certificate program or our clinical program at UNM Hospitals, our local and regional community outreach projects or our international exchange program with Sub-Saharan Africa. Whether you are an aspiring or professional artist, a healing arts practitioner or medical provider, a potential donor, or someone dealing with illness, we welcome you.”

—Dr. Patricia Repar, Director, UNM Arts-In-Medicine

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“The difference I see in the patients when they are participating in the art group always fascinates me. They are completely different people.”

Physician at UNMH Psychiatric Center

Psychiatric Center patients participated in live music, open art studio, creative movement and poetry sessions

Healthcare workers received massage, music, art and poetry services at UNM Hospitals

Children and their families participated in open art studios in Carrie Tingley Hospital and UNMH Pediatric Dermatology clinic

New Mexicans served by the Arts-in-Medicine Program from September 2016-May 2017

Contact Arts-In-Medicine

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Patrice Repar
Director
repar@unm.edu

Melissa Sandoval
Program Coordinator
505.277.0404
mwsandov@unm.edu

Jennifer Ferriday
Part-time Faculty
Visual Artist, Art Educator
Clinical Services
jferriday@unm.edu

Naomi Natale
Part-time Faculty
Community Outreach Coordinator
nnatale@unm.edu

Muni Kulasinghe
Concert Manager
munikula@gmail.com

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