Center for Arts in Medicine

Study Abroad & Travel

The Center for Arts in Medicine offers annual study abroad and travel opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students:

Arts for Health, Peace and Community Engagement in Northern Ireland

Overview: HUM 4956, Arts for Health, Peace and Community Engagement in Northern Ireland, offers an overview of the arts in healthcare, a basic history of health and peace disparities, an exploration of creative practice and community engagement in Northern Ireland. Designed to engage academic discourse, service learning, arts practice and immersion in clinical and community settings, students will explore the depth and breadth of the arts and health practices in Northern Ireland.

Course Information & Program Dates: 6 Credits; May 15 to June 12, 2017

Location: Service learning study abroad in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Excursions: North Antrim Coast and Derry/Londonderry

Program Cost: $3,800 (includes tuition, accommodations & excursions; does not include airfare or meals)

Instructor & Contact Information: Jenny Lee at jlee@arts.ufl.edu or 352-273-1488

To apply, visit the UF International Center: ufic.ufl.edu

Franklin County Project

Located in the Florida panhandle, Franklin County is one of the most rural and health challenged areas in the state of Florida. The Arts in Medicine Programs at UF have been working in Franklin County since 2008 as a part of the Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities initiative.  Through funding from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Kresge Foundation, as well as partnership from the Florida Office of Rural Health, the initiative has seeded arts in healthcare programs in eleven rural Florida communities.  The Franklin County Project supports the overall goals for the initiative for addressing health disparities and encouraging positive health behaviors in rural communities.

The annual Franklin County Project is designed to address specific and critical health issues as identified by local health and human services partners in Franklin County.  Each year in March, a group of students, faculty members, and professional artists from the University of Florida and UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine work in Franklin County in partnership with the Weems Arts in Medicine program, Franklin’s Promise Coalition, the City of Apalachicola, the Franklin County School, and several other health and human service agencies.  The team undertakes major projects designed to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes by enhancing health literacy, access to health services, and positive health behaviors among local residents. Projects have included community gardens, collection of oral histories of seafood industry workers, and annual Theatre for Health Education residencies at area schools.

The annual Theatre for Health Education residencies bring critical health information to middle and high school students in Franklin county. A team of Center for Arts in Medicine faculty, health professionals, and arts and health students travel to Franklin County and work in residence in the schools to address current issues identified by community leaders and partners.  These issues have included reproductive health, self-esteem, intimate partner violence, and violence prevention.  In the Spring 2014, the team began conducting a new phase of study to assess the impact of theatre for health education and health literacy in rural Florida, by conducting focus groups among students, faculty and administrators. We also facilitated the coordination of a high school mentorship group who were interested in engaging arts-based methodologies to enhance health and safety among middle school students. 

Visit this page again soon for information about travelling to Franklin County in the spring of 2015.

AIM for Africa

A team of dancers from the Center for Arts in Medicine, the UF School of Theatre and Dance, Gibney Dance, and the Mark Morric Dance Group will be travelling to Rwanda in December of 2016 to further our work with the Twa village in Western Rwanda. We will be working on professionalizing the Amahoro Dance Troupe, as a way of enhancing quality of life for the village and addressing longstanding discimination against the Twa people of this region.

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