Arts, Design and Health Steering Group Incubates New Strategies for Advancing Research
Today was a hopeful day full of positive connections. I attended an inspiring virtual meeting with ADRI, The Penn State Arts and Design Research Incubator under the direction of William Doan, ADRI Director and Professor of Theatre, Artist-in-Residence in The College of Nursing and Tara Cami who manages programming operation and commmunications for the research incubator. ADRI seeks to improve lives through research and applications of the arts and design practices for health and well-being. I will hope to post here at the artinpandemic.com blog some posts about research and projects from ADRI and their associates. For now I will link you to William Doan's graphic arts and story work featured in The Annals of International Medicine, "Annals Graphic Medicine- Thoughts and Images from an Artist Working to Find Mental Health Balance During a Pandemic". I am always inspired when talented people active in the arts and interdisciplinary work join to share their research and current ideas.
My husband set up a table in the basement with things we could need in the event one of us gets sick and might need to be quarantined in the adjacent family room for a period of time. When things open up again in Ontario and more people are working and begin to circulate we expect there could be a second wave of sickness in our community..it will likely be more difficult to avoid being infected...the table set up is a practical thing to do and I think wise.
It was quite unconscious today when rearranging things in the bathroom, the hand of Fatima I placed on the stone vanity there..the Hamsa hand was a filigree art piece I bought in Malta ,an ancient symbol in Middle eastern and Jewish cultures, sits next to my bar of soap..ancient symbol of protection from the evil eye.. makes me wonder where is the evil in all this, what needs cleansing? No one wants a deadly virus..we wash hands..but is it the virus itself that is evil? Is there evil here? What is the virus, are references to evil appropriate? Is it a dark foe or simply a life form that seeks a host, a place to grow and replicate with no special value judgments to be held there ..What then to wash away?The eye is always open, a reminder to look critically and deeply...What might the hand, the Hamsa symbol really protect against? The Hamsa hand also represents blessings for power and strength..jot note for the day another essay in the works methinks..
I always liked the ancient hand symbol...I also wear a silver Hamsa
In the news today a powerful new essay, "You are Waiting for the Surge" by Jay Baruch MD Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Medical Humanities and Bioethics Alpert Medical School of Brown University