1. How do we open people’s minds to the use of the arts in healthcare?
• This symposium highlighted the reality and application of this initiative in the community. The scientific and musical evidence of this success needs to be brought into the public eye.
• By making a personal connection, even with different personal backgrounds.
• By showing them and letting their parents share their experiences with arts enhancing their health.
• Induce vulnerability, then introduce arts as a lifeline.
• Doing it.
• Education; let people experience it for themselves.
• How do we indeed…
• Provide opportunities for people to experience the healing benefits of the arts for themselves, and have research to provide concrete evidence of art’s power to help heal.
• Scientific evidence of the benefits of arts (such as Dr. Zarren’s presentation) is useful I think in presenting it to people not already involved in the arts.
• Experience, modeling, talk it up.
• With conferences like this. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
• Bring music to healthcare setting over and over again.
• Observation, participation especially of live examples.
• Bring to universities, hospitals, community associations, schools, any place where people are able to internet and share new ways for social change.
• Doing meetings, creating community, showing the effects over the people (physical, emotional and social effect).
• Action followed by analysis. Education: Engaging in dialogue with educators of future healers and artists to bring about a paradigm shift in curriculums and attitudes in schools. Culture: Honoring multi-faceted talents rather than ‘boxing in’ gifts.
• Engage them in the experience – mobile clinic, tastings, presentations at workplaces.
• By creating personal experiences and asking for their response.
2. What are our next steps in arts as therapy?
• We need to spread both the knowledge that this is possible and the application in our immediate communities.
• Present this kind of symposium in a public school.
• More research.
• Doing it more.
• Inform more people around us and reach out!
• Continued use of media live, internet, education/cultural collaboration.
• Continue to collaborate and create communities and events like this one, and, again, produce quality research.
• Integrating more art therapy, holistic treatment with conventional medical treatment.
• Continue to present and connect.
• To make it more accessible for all.
• Do not define it as therapy – therapy implies there is something wrong. It is arts wellness. Art is party life.
• Convincing policy makers and major healthcare providers/industry of the tremendous value of the arts.
• Actually, I am starting and hoping to attend more seminars in Boston. Next step, attend the conference in Lesley University.
• We have to extend our research, integrating other types of outs and also involving the scientific community.
• Repeat symposium! Bring information into education system, investigate el sistema model and engage with their test practices for cultural change.
• Weave in healing and art into schools and clinics, integrate into hospitals/resources/retreats.
3. How did this symposium change your thinking about arts and health?
• It made me realize what a strong connection these have with one another and how often one affects the other.
• It (music, art, or both) can be incorporated in class without interrupting a lesson.
• It was first of all very moving, and as a vocal student, it helped me hone more on my intention as a musician.
• Didn’t need to emphasize severe commitment of each.
• Reinforced and moved me deeply.
• It was a great opportunity for me to learn about the works being done in Massachusetts.
• Outlet for exploratory updated, associates with others in developing healing with arts.
• I already knew that the two were intimately connected, but I didn’t know about all of the great organizations out there (such as SAORI, ISO, etc).
• Showed me that the skills I have as a musician can very much be used in improving quality of life and health for all people.
• I realize there is more going on than I knew and more to do.
• Opening my mind and soul to new way of coping with my clients needs.
• Supported and reinforced my beliefs.
• It didn’t change, but it helped me to know that there are a lot of people who really think arts are actually a tool for change.
• Made me believe even more that the art needs to take a bigger place in our lives.
• Scientific support for instinctive belief, variety of arts and validation of role of artists as a healer, rather that ‘to be an artist is selfish’ guilt.
• Desire to integrate more art and healing in my life – not occasionally, but often.
• It opened my awareness to different ways the various forms of art have brought expansion and healings into their lives.
4. What do you see as a potential role of BACH in the Boston community?
• I would love to see this program have branches in schools (universities and conservatories) in Boston so people can be exposed early on.
• We all need to heal our soul through arts.
• I hope to see it become a major and well-accepted percentage of healing.
• Awaken those in medicine who say there isn’t time for healing and teach them the skills they need to heal.
• Voice of arts in healthcare.
• Huge potential! Great learning experience. I think if we reach out, people will come.
• Help create greater visibility for this work, and keep people involved and engaged.
• Developing/expanding existing programs that integrate arts and healthcare.
• Increase connections, knowledge and creativity.
• I think we should have events like this in universities, health center, hospital, everywhere.
• Support people’s efforts in this field and more conferences as today’s.
• The outreach “on call” may do the most to spread the word beyond LSO concert goers.
• Art is part of human beings and helps to connect with yourself and people. I think it is a natural way to work in social sciences, we just need to spread the word!
• Rich and powerful for the community. Access to new research.
• Educate, empower, action.
• Inspire and integrate caregivers and receives true health care reform.
5. How would you like to see BACH involved in the future? Describe those that apply:
- Conferences (13 recommended)
-Resource List (10 recommended)
-Consultation (6 recommended)
-Research (13 recommended)
-Grantsmanship (8 recommended)
-Other (1 recommended)