Vivien Marcow Speiser wins the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Award from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The award recognizes Professor Marcow Speiser’s significant and influential contributions to the international arts and health field, including extensive work with groups in the Middle East and South Africa, and teaching programs across the United States and internationally.
“The arts are a powerful means of communicating across borders and across cultures to create the conditions for personal and social transformation,” says Marcow Speiser.
Marcow Speiser directs Lesley’s National, International, and Collaborative Programs and founded the university’s Institute for Arts and Health and annual Arts and Health Conference, which promotes the use of the arts for the health of individuals in educational, community and institutional settings. Her longtime colleague, University Professor Shaun McNiff, describes Marcow Speiser as a consummate teacher, program developer, institutional leader, researcher and author in the arts and health field.
“I have worked closely with Vivien for four decades and she has been a distinguished and respected world leader in the arts and health community,” notes McNiff, who established Lesley's Expressive Therapies and Integrated Art in Education graduate programs 40 years ago. “She is the best that I have ever witnessed in relation to her ability to hatch creative ideas and then follow through on making things happen.”
The Global Alliance honors Marcow Speiser, among seven Distinguished Fellows this year, for her “diverse and remarkable accomplishments within the Global Alliance and the field” and for serving “as a model for all those engaged in bringing the arts into health and community settings.”
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Global Alliance for Arts & Health (formerly the Society for the Arts in Healthcare) is dedicated to advancing arts as integral to healthcare by demonstrating the valuable roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process. The organization provides resources and education to healthcare and arts professionals, and supports research into the beneficial effects of the arts in healthcare.
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