Art and Med is a collaborative catalyst for change in healthcare to improve the experiences of patients, medical students and healthcare providers.
We believe that the lived experiences of both patients and doctors play a critical role in the creation of 21st century healthcare.
Art and Med amplifies the voices of the marginalized and unheard in the healthcare conversation.
Art and Med has developed processes for exploring and transmitting the voices of patients, doctors and other healthcare providers. We facilitate Patient/Artist exhibits, lecture series pairing creatives with medical professionals at the Hoyt Art Gallery at USC, and patient and medical worker interviews for various websites. We are also developing a patient swat team to represent that patient voice at cutting edge medical conventions.
Ted Meyer has experienced the healthcare system as a chronic patient, and made art about his life since his earliest hospital stays. His art has expressed the ever-changing experience of the patient, from pain, to health, to recovery, and to recurrence.
He's communicated the narratives of hundreds of scarred individuals through his twenty-year series "Scarred for Life: Every Scar Tells a Story".
Ted began curating the work of patient-artists like himself, and began to to give work about illness a platform while at UCLA.
As the Artist in Residence, Ted uses personal narrative, scar stories and the art work of a talented group of patient-artists to teach medical students about the lived experience of chronic illness at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Ted has spoken to groups at NIH, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Yale, UCLA, USC and NYU Medical Schools, Collaborating Across Borders Conference. TEDMED