Exploring the Connection Between Art, Healthcare, and the Humanities

Exploring the Connection Between Art, Healthcare, and the Humanities: An expert-led selected tour of Crystal Bridges in Fayetteville targeting works that instigate reflection related to Implicit Bias, Empathy, and Meaning in the work we do with additional active learning components and a debrief session.

Friday, May 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

15 minutes: Arrival, Intro, and Warm-Up: For the “warm-up” stop, we ask participants to answer three Visual Thinking Strategy questions that include “What do you notice in this artwork?”, “What do you see that makes you say that?” and “What more can we find?” for a specific work of art.


20-minute tour stops with 5 minutes of travel time in between -We then use the following tour stops, which are based on Artful Thinking routines out of Harvard’s Project Zero:

  • Sketching Exercise in Modern Galleries: This is a sketching exercise where participants pair up. One participant chooses a work of art that their partner hasn’t seen, and they try to describe the artwork for their partner to sketch. After revealing the resulting drawing, the partners switch roles. The goal of this exercise is to promote the importance of Cross Communication and using common language across multiple disciplines.
  • Looking 10x2 and Dialogical Model: In this exercise, participants start by writing down a list of 10 items that they see in a specific work of art. Then, they pair up and share their list with a partner. Afterwards, participants are challenged to find 10 more items in the artwork that neither they nor their partner has found. The group then has a discussion about the work of art. The goal of this exercise is to encourage close looking and it serves as a metaphor for looking beyond one’s initial diagnosis. From the discussion about the work of art, we also talk about the four roles that an individual can have within a conversation (see the attached document for examples). We ask the participants to reflect on the role they typically take on in conversation and challenge them to try a different role in a future conversation.
  • Bias and Empathy: In this exercise, we have participants look at the “Notions of Beauty” salon hang wall. The participants divide into pairs, we ask each participant to identify which image they feel is the most beautiful and explain to their partner why they feel this way. After each partner has shared, they summarize what their partner said and repeat it for the group. The museum educator would then bring up the idea that our notions of beauty are based on bias, and that it is important to recognize that we each have biases. The museum educator would then ask the group why they feel it is important to recognize bias in terms of their medical practice.

30 Minute Debrief: Afterwards the participants have a debrief with their group about how each of these exercises could relate to medicine.

Date: 05/08/2020 (Fri.)

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm CDT

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum

Created by:   Office of Interprofessional Education
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