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Arts and Healing to be Highlighted at Medical Alumni Weekend


Arts and Healing will feature Indiana University faculty and community leaders who incorporate the arts in medicine.

Friday’s event is part of the weekend IU School of Medicine Alumni Weekend. The workshop is open to IU alumni, faculty, staff, students and the community.

Beginning at 8 a.m., the program will include an opening session featuring Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., an IU professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a blown glass artist. The luncheon program will be moderated by IU Associate Professor Larry Cripe, MD, a published poet who is associate director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Panelists will include Brock Roseberry of Ratio Architects, Rene Smith, senior project manager at IU Health, and Julie Kern, director of planning at BSA LifeStructures, who will present a program titled “Designing the 21st Century Medical Campus.”

Other sessions include:

  • An art therapy bookmark paining program by John and Tina Gianfagna, co-directors of Creating Hope, an artistic expression opportunity offered to patients at the IU Simon Cancer Center
  • A lecture on music therapy by Sheri Robb, Ph.D., an associate scientist at the IU School of Nursing.
  • A program on caring for the caregiver presented by Sara Horton Deutsch, PhD, an association professor at the IU School of Nursing  and Pamela O’Haver Day, grant coordinate at the IU School of Nursing.
  • An exploration of “Visual Thinking Strategies,” a concept used for educating students in both the schools of nursing and medicine, presented by Dr. Rothenberg and Meg Moorman, a clinical assistant professor at the IU School of Nursing
  • An exploration of photography entitled “Portraits of the Living” presented by Greg Gramespacher, MD, an IU medical school faculty member and a hospice specialist.
  • A program on art therapy that will include a hands on demonstration, presented by art therapist Joani Rothenberg.  

An art tour on the IU medical center campus will begin at 2 p.m. The guided walking tour will include stops at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the Simon Family Tower at Riley Hospital for Children, the soon-to-open Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and the 18-foot tall “Indiana University School of Medicine DNA Tower” sculpture designed by glass artist Dale Chihuly. The tour will showcase how IUPUI and the IU medical campus incorporate the arts into the daily healing process of patients.

The one-day event is cosponsored by alumni associations from the Herron School of Art and Design, and the IU schools of Dentistry, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Social Work.

For additional information or to register, contact Jayme Little in the IUPUI Alumni Relations Office at (317) 274-1345.