My background, as a professional, has been as a
nurse epidemiologist providing education in health care. Also, my
passion in education started many years when I returned to school, earning
a 7-12th grade teaching credential in health and science, and a graduate
degree in special education. Being a life long student, as many teachers
are, to keep my in-state, and out-of- state, credential updated, my path
lead me to taking courses in a major area of interest, the arts. My feeling
is all the arts whether, visual, dance, music , theater, film, poetry and
writing need to be an integral part of all education, as well as values.
After retiring from my previous position recently, my focus is to work on a
publication on the topic of integration of art and values in education.
We had a wonderful meeting at
the first Empathy Healthcare Café on June 25th, 2009. We received so many comments
like, "great Café", "what's next?" and "how can we keep this going?" Thank
you to everyone that contributed time, energy, ideas, stories, video,
etc. to hosting the Café. Below is the video of the Café.
From Joan. "Thank you for attending and creating a special evening. As many of
you mentioned to me the energy and ideas in the room were truly inspiring! The
list that is attached is a compilation of the ideas everyone contributed
during the action item session. There
were many comments, in your reflections and after the close of the Café about
“let’s keep going.” If you would like to get together to put your ideas into
the next phase just respond to this email, and then we can pick a time, and
place to work on an Empathy Grass Roots Movement." Joan Kuenz
This panel of guest artists
from the fields of dance, music, theater, and design, shared their
personal insights of how empathy plays a vital part in their
various art forms. The artists also outlined how they would make
empathy front and center in our culture through their art form.
Transcriptions: If you would like to take empathic action
and create a transcription of this video, check
the volunteers page. The transcriptions will make it easier for
other viewers to quickly see the content of this video.)