Research on art, health and wellness is a rapidly growing field in Québec, with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in the lead. To explore this question, the two institutions will hold the first symposium on art, health and well-being on November 9, 2018. This event, which brings together experts and leaders in the field, will present Montreal research and invite a collective reflection on the contribution of art and culture to the health, recovery and well-being of individuals and communities.
The Symposium Art, Health and Well-being is co-organized by Marilyn Lajeunesse, Educational Programmes Officer – Adults and Community Groups at the MMFA, and Mona Trudel, Professor of visual and media arts at UQAM.
The programme includes the presentation of preliminary results of research by a team of researchers from UQAM and doctors from CHUM and Hôpital Notre-Dame; as well as research work on the impact of art therapy on patients with digestive problems by an MMFA and Douglas Institute team.
The symposium will be attended by: Kim Archambault, Psycho-educator and Research Associate, CHU Sainte-Justine; Adriana de Oliveira, Professor of visual and media arts at UQAM; Dr. Olivier Farmer, Psychiatrist, head of the psychiatry department at Hôpital Notre-Dame (CIUSSS Centre-Sud); Sylvie Fortin, Professor in the dance department of UQAM; Dr. Patricia Garel, Psychiatrist, CHU Sainte-Justine; Dr. Didier Jutras-Aswad, Researcher and Psychiatrist, CHUM, Associate Professor of clinical medicine, department of psychiatry and addictology, Université de Montréal; Carole Marceau, Professor in the UQAM drama department; and Jérémie Paré-Julien, Museum Mediator, MMFA.