I came across an interesting story about Ted Meyer, guest artist at UCLA’s Medical School. Meyer is doing work as a sort of intermediary between artists and doctors – he uses the patients’ artworks as a means to open the physicians up to the human side of their patients, to bring them around to other ways of understanding what the patients are going through in dealing with their disease or trauma.
“There has been art therapy designed to help patients, but I thought maybe there is something to teach the doctors here. Perhaps they can look at patients’ artworks and see something beyond the clinical. It’s not just ‘oh, they have multiple sclerosis’ or ‘it’s a broken neck.’ In a way, it’s like art therapy for doctors.”
The healing power of art, indeed. Read the story here.