As a graduate student studying Arts in Health, explaining my field of study was an ongoing process. People automatically wanted to equate it to a field they know and recognize, such as Art Therapy. However, Arts in Health is an arts-based field and discipline that is actually separate from the Creative Arts Therapies and Expressive Arts Therapy, even though it may also take place in a healthcare setting and often involves collaboration with these professionals.

The challenge of explaining Arts in Health has not gotten much easier, now that I have graduated. Much of this seems to stem from the…

Katrina Elizabeth Nelson Pineda

MA, Arts in Medicine | BFA, Multimedia Electronic Art | Designer & Multimedia Artist | California Representative, Arts Health Early Career Research Network

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