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News Archive (2009)

Saint Mary's Health Care and the College of Human Medicine present ArtPrize community event Sept. 30

Lockington Will ask: Can the Arts Promote Healing?

Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director to Moderate Panel of Medical Experts

"The Arts and Healing"

What role does art play in healing? What impact can art have on caregivers and patients with Alzheimer's disease? These topics and more will be discussed at The Arts and Healing, September 30, at 7 pm, at The Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids by panelists from Michigan State University whose research and programs reveal how art in its many forms can improve symptoms and quality of life among patients with cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions.

David Lockington, music director from the Grand Rapids Symphony, will moderate The Arts and Healing event. Panelists include:

Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D., professor, MSU Department of Art and Art History and curator for the Michigan State University Museum, will discuss the emotional benefits of quilt making and the role of healing for Alzheimer's disease and cancer patients.

Frederick (Ted) Tims, Ph.D., MT-BC, professor and chair, MSU Department of Music Therapy, will discuss research focusing on music therapy and its impact on patients with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.

Bonney Mayers, docent, Kresge Art Museum at MSU, will discuss a special program of art tours for caregivers and patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Kevin Foley, MD, medical director of the Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders service at Saint Mary's Health Care will speak on the medical implications of art and healing.

The Arts and Healing" is a free, public event, sponsored by Saint Mary's Health Care and MSU College of Human Medicine in conjunction with ArtPrize. The Lacks Cancer Center is located on the campus of Saint Mary's Health Care, at the corner of Cherry Street and Lafayette Avenue in Grand Rapids.