♥ In conjunction with the 2020 tour of Nightingale, our research team is undertaking a qualitative study about the impact on nurses and nursing students and professors of attending a performance of the show.  For this study, in-depth, semi-structured interviews are being conducted.  In addition, an online survey of audience members (including the general public) is capturing their responses and demographics.  Upon completion of the interviews, the transcripts will be analyzed for themes as expressed by the interviewees.  Dr. Amundson will present the results at the 15th annual Arts in Society Conference in June at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  In addition, a paper will be written by the HEARTS Research Team of Connie Amundson, Lena Hristova, CaraLee Howe, Lily Monsey, and Jonathan Silliman, and submitted to an appropriate academic journal.

♥ HEARTS is a co-sponsor of a theater-in-health research project which began with a pilot program in the winter of 2019.  Three free-standing workshops were held January, February, and March in which participants, under the leadership of Cathy Madden of the University of Washington School of Drama, created a play based on improvised theater activities.

Pre- and post-quality of life surveys and written free-form impressions were administered at each workshop.  Results have been collected and thus far indicate that an expansion of this project is warranted.  Cathy Madden and Connie Amundson presented the practice and theory behind this project at the 14th International Arts in Society Conference, June 19-21, at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

♥ Dr. Connie Amundson, one of our HEARTS Directors, is laying the foundation for a devised, participatory piece based on Völuspá (The Prophecy of the Seeress).  Participants will explore the layers of the Norse god Odin’s toxic masculinity.  The Seeress challenges Odin by asking, “Do you want to know more, or what?”  This re-framing of the Ragnarök myth from Nordic mythology will form a part of Dr. Amundson’s dissertation as a doctoral student in Scandinavian Studies, with an emphasis on Health Humanities at the University of Washington.