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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Connective Performance in Arts in Health

Tamela Aldridge
Executive Director, Only Make Believe
Christopher Wilson
Regional Manager, Only Make Believe
Ermyn King, MA, RDT
Independent Contractor, ArtStream, Inc.

Finding Commonality Via Interactive Theatre

Tamela Aldridge and Christopher Wilson

This presentation will demonstrate how theatre engagement improves the individual and collective experience of pediatric patients, families and staff while in healthcare settings. Attendees will be able to identify theatre tactics to facilitate engagement in a hospital setting. Theatre can enable inclusion and connection in hospital and healthcare settings, specifically with pediatric patients.


Values and Applications of Puppetry as Connector and Community Builder in Health

Ermyn King

As an integrative, flexible, and captivating international art form spanning all generations, puppetry has myriad arts in health applications with proven benefits as a connector and community builder. This session will review evidence-based values of selected puppetry applications in clinical and public health contexts. Strategic and novel uses of puppetry as a powerful medium for optimizing care, health, and well-being will be examined. Varied types of puppets and puppet stages effective in arts in health settings will be demonstrated, approaches to puppetry that ensure access and inclusion will be addressed, and puppetry in health resources will be provided to help launch or enrich puppetry in health initiatives.


From Stage to Clinic: Student-built Performances in Hospital Settings

Corianna Moffatt, Anaís Azul, Moisès Fernández Via

This presentation explores the rich intersections between learning, caring, making and connecting through the arts in nontraditional settings. ArtsLab is a partnership between the Boston University College of Fine Arts and the BU Medical campus. Sense of Space is a Case Study led by ArtsLab Fellow Corianna Moffatt. College students from the BU College of Fine Arts created performances in conversation with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s (BHCHP), a respite center dedicated to service Boston’s homeless population. ArtsLab Fellow Anaís Azul developed C@ntar, a music protocol to care for Surgical Unit patients at Boston Medical Center through active-listening and genuine interactions. This panel will focus on the impacts artistic collaboration can have on a patient population as well as on artists-in-training, creating a richer artistic community.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH