“Sometimes art achieves what therapy, medicine, or the best care of health professionals cannot. Sometimes art even achieves something that’s beyond the best intentions of the artist. These moments can feel like little miracles when they happen, but they are usually instances of art functioning as it normally does: inspiring motivation, engaging parts of people’s bodies or brains that they haven’t been using, or allowing them to transcend their environments for a little while.”

– Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director, Dance Exchange


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Dance Exchange: Tools for Health
Lunchtime Presentation* - Arts in Health Care

Sponsored by the UNCW College of Health & Human Services

Friday, April 27, 2012 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
McNeill Hall | Multi-Purpose Room
Free & open to the public

How can the arts be used in health care settings? For over 35 years the internationally-acclaimed Dance Exchange has used their work to reach out to new and unexpected audiences, ranging from coal miners and aging populations to geneticists and health care professionals. Their new "Tools for Health" program, part of the MetLife Foundation Healthy Living Initiative, was created to meet a growing demand for the skilled integration of artistic methods into the medical and health/wellness fields.

Join leading teaching artist, Shula Strassfeld, for a lunch time presentation and Q&A on the ground-breaking work of the Dance Exchange and their multi-disciplinary approach to enhancing the effects of therapeutic work and re-energizing relationships with patients, family members and health care professionals. Strassfeld and the Dance Exchange have conducted workshops in clinical settings throughout the U.S. such as the Cleveland Clinic, the National VA Hospital in DC and the Shands at University of Florida, among others. Their methods have been used with a variety of populations, including individuals with Huntington’s disease, brain injuries, dementia, addiction, chronic mental illness and mobility issues.

* Pack a lunch and bring it along! We will provide drinks and ice.

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Tools for Health Arts Integration Workshop

This public presentation is part of the two-day Dance Exchange Tools for Health Workshop (Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28), sponsored by UNCW's College of Health & Human Services and the Office of Cultural Arts. This free arts integration workshop is open to faculty, students, artists and health professionals.

To find out more or to register for the workshop click here.

About the Dance Exchange

Founded in 1976 by internationally acclaimed choreographer Liz Lerman, the Dance Exchange is an inter-generational company of dynamic dance artists. Serving as an incubator for creative research, the Dance Exchange moves ideas to action through their social commitment and artistic collaborations with professionals in fields ranging from coal mining, genetic research, human rights, particle physics, ecology and health services.

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