October 22, 2023 (St. Paul, MN) – Twin Cities PBS (TPT) is thrilled to announce the premiere of the fourth installment of Art + Medicine, the award-winning collaboration with the Center for the Art of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The next one-hour documentary in the series – Art + Medicine: Disability, Culture and Creativity – exists at the crossroads of art, medicine, and the experiences of individuals with disabilities. The film aims to destigmatize disabilities through the power of storytelling, art, and performances. The premiere is scheduled for October 29 at 6:00pm on TPT 2.
Art + Medicine is a unique, nationally recognized partnership between the University of Minnesota Medical School and TPT. Using the power of media, Art + Medicine examines the intersection of healthcare and community through stories, songs, and the arts.
Art + Medicine: Disability, Culture and Creativity illuminates the power of art to reflect our deeper selves, create alternative perspectives, and redefine what we perceive as normal. Hosted by Jessica Horvath Williams, Ph.D., storyteller and artist Kevin Kling, and internal medicine physician Tseganesh Selameab, the documentary showcases artists and healthcare clinicians collaborating to forge alternative viewpoints on disability through personal narratives and impactful performances. Valerie Shirley provides on-screen ASL interpretation for the film. Brittany Shrimpton is the series producer, and Marissa Blahnik is the executive producer.
“Art + Medicine: Disability, Culture and Creativity was a monumental team effort. It signifies a powerful commitment to destigmatizing disabilities,” said Shrimpton. “By weaving together art, medicine, and compelling stories, this collaboration aims to challenge societal perceptions and create a more inclusive and empathetic society.”
The film challenges conventional perceptions of disability by sharing diverse stories of individuals with disabilities, spanning various artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Studio artists, performers, writers, and musicians each contribute to the documentary, showcasing how creative expression becomes a vehicle for alternative perspectives, self-discovery, and advocacy.
About Twin Cities PBS
Twin Cities PBS (TPT)’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media. Established 64 years ago, TPT now operates as a public service media organization that harnesses a range of media tools to serve citizens in new ways — with multiple broadcast channels, online teaching resources, educational outreach and community engagement activities reaching more than 2 million people each month. Over its history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmy® Awards. Find more information at tpt.org.
About the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for the Art of Medicine
The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for the Art of Medicine (CFAM) strives to cultivate creativity and to elevate the role of the arts and humanities in medical education and practice, in order to nurture curiosity and creativity, promote diversity, deepen empathy, develop professionalism, and foster resilience in physicians and physicians-in-training.
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