Nurses’ Relaxation and Renewal through the Arts
Exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science
Presented by Hektoen Nurses and the Humanities and the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities
April 3, 2020 – May 24, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM. Free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.Florence Nightingale
2020 has been declared the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization (WHO) and it is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Hektoen Nurses and the Humanities and the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities.
Nurses, nursing students, and nursing retirees were invited to submit pictures of a wide variety of artistic talents including drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage, ceramics, sculpture, poetry, short prose, photography, fiber arts (embroidery, crochet, crewel, knitting, needlepoint), glass, jewelry, music, dance (performance/composition), theater (performance/playwriting/production), and other artistic endeavors that engage nurses in relaxation and renewal of their energies.
Organized by the Hektoen Nurses and the Humanities and the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities, this exhibition may serve as a prompt to healthcare institutions to highlight the talents of their own nursing employees during the “Year of the Nurse.”
About Hektoen Nurses and the Humanities: Nurses & the Humanities was founded in June 2006 to present programs that demonstrate and encourage the healing power of the arts and the humanities for caregivers and their patients. Programs addressing diverse themes of nursing and the humanities (art, literature, history, philosophy, music, theater, and dance) have various formats, including lectures, workshops, classes, and excursions. The programs are geared towards nurses, caregivers, medical professionals, and nursing students, but are open to the general public.
The Hektoen Institute Nurses and Humanities Advisory Committee provides humanistic, creative and interactive educational opportunities to clinicians. We endeavor to expand imaginative horizons and to explore the arts as a source of healing for the self and for providing compassionate and holistic care to others. Our interactive arts-focused programs offer opportunities to network outside the healthcare arena and to explore the untapped healing potential of creativity.
About Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities: Hektoen International is a free online journal of medical humanities, its articles are first published in the appropriate thematic section of the journal, this being the official publication date for future reference. The articles may later be highlighted on the front page and sometimes republished there, for we think of our journal as a museum and its articles as its precious collection, to be exhibited again and again, like a Correggio or Titian, not archived and forgotten.
We also publicize our articles through email newsletters and social media pages. Publishing online allows prompt publishing, gives access to a wider audience, and keeps pace with evolving technology. In an era of change and innovation, just as when the printing press of Guttenberg replaced the illuminated manuscripts of monks and scribes, it is truly exciting to be on the cusp of new developments and experiment with new forms of communication, but also to balance the modern with the traditional, and publish a serious journal of medical humanities, thus Uniting Medicine with Culture.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.