Arts and Health in Southern Africa

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  • Location(s): Malawi
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Arts and Health In Sub-Saharan Africa fulfills the requirement for a dedicated community-engaged learning course in a group of five courses leading to the new College of Fine Arts certificate in The Healing Arts. The course explores connections be... read more

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Arts and Health In Sub-Saharan Africa fulfills the requirement for a dedicated community-engaged learning course in a group of five courses leading to the new College of Fine Arts certificate in The Healing Arts. The course explores connections between creative experience and the healing process and how the two have come together in the emerging fields of Arts-and-Health/Healing Arts. The course is designed for healthcare professionals, community members, educators, musicians, dancers, actors, artists, and students from a variety of disciplines who are interested in exploring the transformative power of the creative process as it relates to their own physical and psychological health as well as to the health of others. The primary topic areas in the certificate program are: expressive art therapies; energy medicine; communication skills; physiology/pain; social issues around health, illness, healthcare systems, death, and dying; and ethics/professionalism. Arts and Health In Sub-Saharan Africa will explore these topic areas but in the midst of a unique and complex mélange of cultures that make up the populace of Malawi. Learning formats include literature reviews, presentations by guest artists, creative reflection and art-making, and a range of community-engaged learning opportunities. The proposed course will operate partly in the ‘classroom’ and partly in the midst of rural and disenfranchised-urban communities in Malawi. The group will engage community members, artists, and healthcare professionals in creative encounters that aim to build community, facilitate health education and lifestyle change, and empower people through creative enterprise. Beyond enhancing global awareness and responsible citizenship for UNM students, the course will provide fundamental training in medical humanities and the healing arts. Please contact Patricia Repar at repar@unm.edu for more information.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Medicine
  • Music
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University of New Mexico (UNM) Scholarships

In keeping with the intentions of the UNM Board of Regents, this program is designed to increase the number of UNM students able to participate in credit-granting international programs, and to heighten international awareness and expertise among students and the public. Grantees will be encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences upon return within the university community, as well as with communities and organizations in New Mexico and beyond. In this effort, GEO seeks to identify and assist meritorious students who might otherwise not be able to afford study abroad, to assist non-traditional students and underrepresented groups, and to promote study abroad in non-traditional languages and cultural areas. Grants from GEO for undergraduate UNM students to study abroad. Approximately $1,000 for a semester or $500-800 for a short-term program.

$500-1,000

Deadlines:
Fall Semester or Academic Year: April 15 Spring Semester or Calendar Year: October 15 Summer: March 15 Spring Break: February 1 Winter Break: November 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
You are eligible to apply if you are: An undergraduate, degree-seeking UNM student; In good academic standing at UNM; Planning to participate in an approved UNM study abroad program, such as international exchange, short-term or faculty-led international course, intensive language study, independent study, international internship, service-learning program, etc; Able to demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to applicants studying in non-English speaking countries. Grants may not be deferred; if you are awarded a grant but decide to postpone your study abroad, you will have to submit a new grant application.

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