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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 147-148

Art and science: Working together for a cause


1 School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Panchkula, India
2 Kadamb Art Agency, Panchkula, India
3 Advanced Pediatric Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
4 Faculty of Art History and Visual Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
5 Center for Education and Voluntary Action, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication22-Feb-2018

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Gursimrat Kaur Sandhu
School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jncd.jncd_51_17

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Sandhu GK, Vij N, Singh M, Goswami B N, Channi G S, Thakur J S. Art and science: Working together for a cause. Int J Non-Commun Dis 2017;2:147-8

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Sandhu GK, Vij N, Singh M, Goswami B N, Channi G S, Thakur J S. Art and science: Working together for a cause. Int J Non-Commun Dis [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 21];2:147-8. Available from: http://www.ijncd.org/text.asp?2017/2/4/147/225982



Art, as a medium of expression, has been used since the dawn of civilization. Use of art as therapy has been tried to integrate the emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of patients by utilizing creative means. In a study done on cancer patients by Deane et al.,[1] 2000, they were asked to respond on their healing experience after art therapy. On posttherapy evaluation, it was noticed that the patients showed many benefits such as better support, mental strength, and gained new perspective in their healing.[1] Similarly, in an overview of art therapy interventions done by Geue et al.,[2] in 2010, it was observed that the art therapy was definitely helpful for cancer patients in boosting their mental health. The artists with their creative abilities can help the patients to come out of their pessimism, provide effective and impactful support by use of paints, theater, dance, or other art forms.

This Art Campaign named “Only I Can Change My Life” for Healthy Living, held during the 1st World Non-Communicable Diseases (WNCD) Congress 2017, organized by the WNCD Federation and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh from November 4 to November 6, 2017, was an experimental and novel step. It acknowledged and appreciated the role of art as a therapy and a supportive measure to help patients and even their attendants gain willpower and confidence in combating their illness and in improving their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It may not cure patients of their illnesses but certainly helps them to regain their optimism, courage, and strength which can surely fasten their process of recovery. In the WNCD Congress, art was an instrument in spreading awareness about NCDs. By organizing a large number of artistic activities, including two exhibitions (work of 45 artists), two workshops, a poster making competition, one parallel scientific session, creating two art installations, general public was made aware about the purpose of this Congress as well as about NCDs [Figure 1]. Over 400 artists and art students promoted it either by participating or sharing it on social media, widening its reach to thousands of users. Around twenty newspapers gave prominent coverage in their papers. Electronic media also covered it as well and created awareness about NCDs for the general public. The participation of clowning artists for 3 days was another way of showcasing the significance of using art and humor in medicine.
Figure 1: Collage of Artistic activities organized, during the 1st World NCD Congress 2017

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Some of the suggested measures of the art workshop at Congress were to initiate regular art rooms in hospitals, where not only the patients but also the attendants, doctors, interns, etc., can walk in anytime and destress themselves. A large number of art activities can be arranged there. An art studio can be opened where patients and other users can freely create art without comment and judgment from others. The artworks can be exhibited and sold on the regular basis. Even merchandise such as mugs and calendars can be printed and sold to promote mobilization for prevention and control of NCDs.

Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the contribution of all artists, students of various schools, and volunteers in making the Art and Culture Session a success.



 
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Deane K, Fitch M, Carman M. An innovative art therapy program for cancer patients. Can Oncol Nurs J 2000;10:147-51, 152-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Geue K, Goetze H, Buttstaedt M, Kleinert E, Richter D, Singer S, et al. An overview of art therapy interventions for cancer patients and the results of research. Complement Ther Med 2010;18:160-70.  Back to cited text no. 2
    


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