In this session, participants will engage in a moderated panel discussion during which panelists will offer arts-based approaches as effective and meaningful methods of engagement and discovery from data collection to dissemination and translation. Faculty and scholars from the Center for Arts in Medicine will introduce narrative examples of arts-based approaches to assessing need, seeding and sustaining ongoing research and advancing research outcomes in a range of settings and geographical locations. Examples include arts-based approaches to research in hospitals, schools, juvenile justice, public health, and community spaces. Specifically, the panel will frame the discussion by describing the application of arts-based approaches to build trust at each stage of research that is community-engaged, iterative and bidirectional in nature.
Following this developmental arc of a research study, obstacles and successes will be mined for strategies to employ the arts as a mechanism for establishing trust. At the end of this session, participants will have engaged in didactic and dialogical learning through facilitated discussion on building trust in research through the arts.
Moderated Panel Discussion
- To articulate a minimum of one arts-based approach to building trust in research per artistic discipline (visual, literary and performing arts).
- To describe three merits and three limits unique to arts-based approaches identified through case examples.
- To identify arts-based approaches to needs assessment, data collection and dissemination.
Speakers & Panelists
Jill Sonke is director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. She serves on the faculty of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance, the Center for African Studies, the STEM Translational Communication Center, the One Health Center, and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Jill is an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the UF Warrington College of Business, and serves on the editorial board for Arts & Health Journal and the board of Citizens for Florida Arts. She is also director of the national initiative, Creating Health Communities: Arts + Public Health in America, in partnership with ArtPlace America.
Dionne's work has focused on the design and ethnographic study of learning environments that blend STEM and creative embodied learning activities, particularly for children who have experienced feelings of marginalization in STEM education settings (e.g. African Americans, girls). She is interested in understanding the ways these populations draw on their everyday practices and use their bodies as resources. She explores STEM engagement through making and embodied experience. Dionne is an engineer, dancer, arts educator, and education researcher. Her background and experiences give her a unique perspective for understanding issues related to STEM and children from communities of color as well as an informed perspective on the intersections of arts and sciences, informal and school settings, theory and practice.
Alana Jackson and Jenny Baxley Lee
Alana Jackson, M.S., is a lecturer with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. A songwriter, dancer, and spoken word artist, she has performed original work in cities spanning from NYC, to Belfast, Ireland. As a multi-modal artist dedicated to working at the interface of arts and health, Alana has robust experience facilitating arts engagement to empower patients and communities of varying ages, circumstance, and abilities. Alana's work spans from juvenile justice/ correctional settings to hospital-based arts programming. As a program founder with former roles in clinical research, Alana has extensive investment in developing organizational vision for community engagement._
Jenny Baxley Lee, MA, BC-DMT, serves as Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine.