Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Edna students to assist with Health Ministry’s art-therapy programmes

With the Final Year Exhibition for the 2019 graduates of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EDNA),  comes the strengthening of the relationship with the institution and the Ministry of Health and Wellness. 

Speaking at the recent exhibition, hosted by students of the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree programme, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton reiterated art can positively impact person's health and overall well-being.

During his address to 35 final year students, whose work was on display, Tufton announced that the ministry will accept 25 artists from the cohort to do summer internships assisting with art therapy programmes throughout the island’s public health system. 

Tufton said he saw first-hand how art aids in positive stimulation for wellness, during his involvement with the Pepsi Jamaica JamaICAN-led painting of murals at the Bellevue Hospital recently.

Edna Manley art exhibition

Click the gallery for more photos from the exhibition 

“I have never seen the patients so happy and contented. They were dancing up a storm, they had an impromptu concert, and I even had the courage to join in and sing. It was therapeutic and is evidence of the importance of art.”

“That partnership was not just about painting murals; it’s about the holistic agenda where in addition to eating right and exercising, mental well-being is fostered and developed. We would like to see more partnerships like this where persons with mental health challenges are not alienated but included,” he said.

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