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Cleveland Clinic to Host Arts&Medicine for India Symposium a Collaboration with Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Convention Will Focus on Healing Through Fine Arts, Feb. 13, 2013, During India’s First International Contemporary Visual Arts Festival

January 3, 2013

Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute will host “Arts and Medicine for India,” a symposium to create awareness of the arts and medicine concept, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, during India’s biennial exhibition of contemporary art – the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012.

The program will focus on healing through fine arts and will use Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute as a model for discussion. Under the direction of Iva Fattorini, MD, Chairwoman of the Global Arts and Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic, the purpose of the symposium is three-fold:

• Educate artists and physicians on the methods and benefits of applying arts in patient care.
• Provide an overview of current research to create awareness about the arts in healing concept.
• Develop an inventory of existing programs in India to further promote the implementation of arts and medicine programs into their hospitals.

“Together, the Arts and Medicine Institute and Kochi-Muziris Biennale will positively affect both the arts and medicine communities,” Dr. Fattorini said.

Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute was created with the purpose of integrating visual arts, therapeutic arts, performing arts and education initiatives to promote healing and to enrich the lives of Cleveland Clinic patients, families, visitors, and employees.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale – co-founded by two of India’s leading artists, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu -- is the largest contemporary art event in India.  The Biennale aims to increase accessibility to the arts and introduces new artistic expressions to visitors.

Art therapy will be featured during Cleveland Clinic’s program on Feb. 13. Research from Cleveland Clinic has shown positive side effects resulting from art therapy, including a decrease in pain and anxiety, improved coping skills, and enhanced self-esteem.

Combining visual, therapeutic, performing, and learning arts, the Arts and Medicine Institute strives to enhance the Cleveland Clinic experience through the arts, to practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing and to build community around the arts, health and medicine. The health system’s fine art collection includes over 4,500 pieces throughout its facilities. Offering over 300 performances and events each year, the Arts and Medicine Institute utilizes public spaces for music, theater, and dance, and is dedicated to providing a variety of educational platforms including high-level seminars, lunch-hour lectures and collaborations with local, national, and international arts organizations.

For more information on the Arts and Medicine Institute and “Arts and Medicine for India,” visit us online

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