Creativity as Wellness
See the innovative ways residents and fellows are employing creative endeavors to manage their well-being.
In March 2020, the University of Kansas Medical Center and KU School of Medicine changed. As we adapted to working and learning from home, adjusting our spaces and families to a new reality we experienced fear, anxiety, discomfort, frustration and loneliness. Things changed, became harder, caused divide and strife.
We persevered, dug deep for new resilience and found joy in the hardness. From the ashes of our former reality we created. Either with our neighborhoods or in our homes, we found ways to celebrate the beauty and preciousness of this time.
Virtual Art Show
In November 2020, we hosted a Virtual Art Gallery, titled "From the Ashes: How we have thrived in this season of tumult." You can explore images from the show on Flickr (you'll need a free Flickr account to comment).
A few quotes from the Virtual Art Show guest book:
So inspiring so see all the the creativity amongst everyone. I imagine it's difficult to find the time to even take a breath these day and I hope you are able to hold these moments close to your heart and a guiding light in moments of darkness. —Anonymous
What a wonderful idea. And great to see what a diverse group of artists and art forms there are in this show. It's hard to participate personally in shows that enrich our lives. Plus it is so important to have an audience for our most heartfelt endeavors since we can't do it in person. Thanks to all who shared.
What a talented group! You give voice to those whose voice has been silenced this year. As members of our educational and clinical teams, you serve patients either directly or indirectly -- tough work in a normal year which 2020 is not, and yet you have not let the darkness of 2020 extinguish hope. Thank you.
During these dark and troubling times to which an end is nowhere in sight, the beauty and talent shared in the Virtual Art Show is proof that you can't take away the light from those who serve. Thank you for putting this together. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is now an icon on my desk! - Clinical Faculty
What a talented group! You give voice to those whose voice has been silenced this year. As members of our educational and clinical teams, you serve patients either directly or indirectly- tough work in a normal year which 2020 is not and yet you have not let the darkness of 2020 extinguish hope. Thank you.- Anonymous
Face Mask Fashion Show
We also hosted a virtual fashion show to highlight 2020's most popular accessory, the face mask. Look back at photos from our community and vote for your favorites using our online survey.
55-Word Stories Project
Sharing our experiences in health care-especially during intense, emotional or stressful times-increases our connectedness and well-being. In 2020, KU Medical Center created a web page highlighting submitted stories from our community. Visit the website to read stories from students, residents, faculty and staff from across the medical center.