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Paradox of the Vocation: Creativity in a Cancer Centre

Since November 2008, JCC staff members have been working with well known community artists from the Print Studio on several different art projects involving relief printing, photography, collage and mixed media.
The JCC and the Print Studio collaboration creatively explores the Paradox of the Vocation. Medical staff and artists share an intricate sense of connection to their respective profession. Their chosen vocation – or ‘calling’ – blurs the separation between the work practice and individual identity. Images created by cancer centre staff demonstrate that for health care workers – whether they are doctors, chemo suite nurses or clerical staff – the faces of patients are part of their own portraits. This initiative has allowed JCC staff to create and demonstrate their impressions of what cancer is, what it does and how it affects their patients, themselves personally and their own families.
The project builds upon the JCC’s interest in the arts, including humour, music, writing and visual arts to enhance well-being for patients and the cancer centre/hospital environment. This creative endeavour was made possible through grants provided by Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Two parallel exhibits will run at the JCC and the Print Studio from July 10 - August 1, 2009.
Juravinski Cancer Centre
Hummingbird Café
699 Concession Street
Hamilton, ON L8V 5C2
July 10 – August 1, 2009
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Print Studio
173 James St. North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9
July 10 – August 1, 2009
Wednesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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