MIMH kicked off our first Scientist Artist Collaborative (SAC) on April 4th, 2016, at the JC Penney Auditorium on campus. The Collaborative connects a leading artist from around the nation with Principal Investigators at MIMH to facilitate new and creative basic science research programs to development innovative and high-impact prevention and intervention programs targeting mental health. Ms. Heidi Claire is a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter, and fiddle player who has used her creative insights to positively impact the work of prominent researchers on the East and West Coast. The SAC is the first-ever program of its kind in the Midwest.
Artists and scientists share many common attributes, particularly in terms of engaging the creative process. Leveraging this creative process effectively through inspiration and innovation is essential for scientists to effectively solve complex problems. However, science can easily become overly focused, conservative, and guarded. These hurdles slow the scientific process and limit the breadth of outcomes. The SAC works to break through these barriers and encourage investigators to engage the creative process in the most effective, impactful, and innovative manner. The collaborative will transfer the big picture thinking and disruptive artistic process into the scientific arena to promote scientific discovery that improves the human condition and leads to a better world.
Our next performance will be an exciting collaboration between Ms. Heidi Claire, Ron Thomason, and Chancellor George on June 14th at 7pm in the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater in the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the UMSL campus. We hope that you will join us. The performance is free to the public. You can find more about Ms. Claire here http://www.heidiclare.com/ and Mr. Thomason here http://bit.ly/1YFH4mM. You can find a review of the duo here http://bit.ly/252YRs1.
If interested in collaborating with MIMH teams on new research programs, evaluation services, professional training, or community outreach, please contact me directly at Rob.Paul@mimh.edu, or 314 516-8403.