Building Community within the Health-Care Environment: Marrying Art and Technology

Jay Klein and John Graham-Pole

in The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756261
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
 Building Community within the Health-Care Environment: Marrying Art and Technology

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Creative approaches are needed to enhance the experiences of children and adolescents diagnosed with chronic and life-limiting illness in the culture of modern medical care. These young people suffer an array of physical and psychological symptoms, while frequent and extended hospital stays isolate them from normal family and peer support in an environment often experienced as threatening by those most vulnerable to it. Fortunately, these patients are well suited to the healing effects of the expressive arts and the support and community the arts can create. The federally funded HeArts & Hope project marries art to technology via a computerized “immersive” multimedia environment that uses the media of the visual arts and surround-sound music. This article outlines the development, usage, and assessment of this art and technology merger and includes preliminary data on its efficacy. Preliminary results confirm the project's progress toward achieving its specific aims.

Keywords: HeArts & Hope project; technology; multimedia environment; visual arts; surround-sound music

Article.  5253 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Ethnomusicology

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