On Tuesday February 7, 2017, members of the Department of Psychiatry and the Gainesville community participated in a Puzzle Art Project workshop to honor Dr. Richard Christensen’s memory. Participants created pieces of art on 2 ft. x 2 ft. puzzle pieces to be included in the Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project. The Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project is a group art exhibition, which encourages participants to contribute their individual story on a puzzle piece to be added to the growing art exhibit at the Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition, these puzzle pieces will be included as artwork in the Christensen Ethics Curriculum. Dr. Christensen’s writings on ethics and unique style of practicing medicine inspired the development of an Ethics Curriculum to incorporate into the teaching and didactics for medical students and residents. The Ethics Curriculum is the second project for the Editorial Board as a follow up to the Christensen Pearls. The Christensen Pearls is a teaching tool produced by the editorial board, made up of members of the UF Department of Psychiatry, the Sulzbacher Center, and his wife, Kathy Christensen.
UF Health recreational therapist and AnARTists Outreach Coordinator, Maggie Hannon has facilitated two workshops for this project, the one held in Gainesville at The Helping Hands Clinic as well as last month’s workshop at Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center. Hannon explained the different prompts she gave each group for the project, “because the Jacksonville group were all people who worked with Dr. Christensen, their puzzle pieces reflected their connection with his teachings. The Gainesville group was a mixture of participants that worked or trained with Dr. Christensen, as well as some new residents that had not had the opportunity to know him so they were asked to think about what their ethics are and what they consider to be important in their practice.”
“What I thought was interesting is that both groups were tentative about getting started but once they started it just seemed to flow….the magic of expressive arts!” – Maggie Hannon