A first in France: at MOCO in Montpellier we write art… with a recipe!

Depressed patients can follow a pilot program at the Montpellier Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the University Hospital. In the form of various free workshops led by artists and inspired by positive experiences in Canada and Belgium.

Everyone “knows” that passion exists; to have fun in mandalas; ballroom dancing; for virolos on motorcycles or a simple passion, even philatelic, is good for the mind. that’s it Numa Hamburg defines as “intuition”. director of MOCO In Montpellier (the modern art museum), it’s making its first grand opening in France—it’s already inspired the Montpellier experience in Canada and more recently in Belgium—it’s no joke. In addition to possible treatments, depressed patients are prescribed art… About 2.5 million people in France suffer from depression.

Patients follow the seminars for several weeks. They are supervised by health professionals. We’re not in a mediation business.”

Better socialization, creativity, well-being… Art therapy experiencing an unprecedented passion as Dis-Leur explains to you HERECould it be a solution to improving your mental health? WHO, World Health Organization, bias. “This is a promising concept. This is the beginning of something that will grow on a large scale. Prescription art begins with a simple idea, Numa defines Hamburgs. Intuition is almost a given, we have no evidence. We developed an experiment with the University Hospital of Montpellier. It looks like a joke on paper. But it is serious. It is done in a scientific way. Patients follow the seminars for several weeks. They are supervised by health professionals. We are not in a business related to mediation.”

These workshops are built by hand every time.”

Several depressed patients followed by the psychiatric emergency and emergency department (Dupup) of the Montpellier University Hospital apparently shared the same conclusion at the last meeting. Clay, dance, body expression. In 2022, this program, unique in France – a month-long artistic course combining visits to exhibitions and artistic practice workshops – mobilized three groups of about ten patients. The “teachers” were accompanied at each session by a fine arts student and a psychiatry intern. These workshops included, for example, artist Bianca Bondi (1). Next March, it will be Valerie Du Chene’s turn. “It is sewn by hand every time in these workshops” formula You’re from Hamburg.

MOCO takes care of everything

“It is absolutely free for participants. This is MOCO Everything is taken care of thanks to the financial assistance of the ARS (Regional Health Agency), Drac (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs), the city and the metropolis of Montpellier.” here we find the oldest medical school operating in the world for more than 800 years. “Here there is a quite natural connection between art and medicine: Montpellier has the famous Atger museum, which contains paintings from the 19th century in particular. At that time, we noted that there is a very strong connection between art and anatomical teaching. And then a scientific review separated these two areas. Finally, we understand today that they are not so philosophically separated.

The goal? This program is developed and ultimately paid for by Social Security

The goal? May this program flourish and eventually be paid for by Social Security. “We have been registering for several years. “The idea is to achieve long-term results and lead to scientific results,” said the director MOCO. Experience in Belgium and Canada“It looks very positive, but it’s still in the early stages. This brings benefits such as better socialization, but not under normal circumstances. It is in a different atmosphere, in the atmosphere of the art center.” The idea is already attractive: “We have already contacted other municipalities to learn about our assessments. These are the big cities of the south.” In Canada, treating physicians can schedule up to 50 visits per year for their patients. Great art!

Olivier SCHLAMA

  • (1) For the first group of patients, the artist Bianca Bondi implemented a workshop-program (2-hour sessions once a week) in March, reflecting the exhibition of Max Hooper Schneider Rotting, including workshops of artistic practices. Free World at MO.CO. The next choreographer is Anna
    Between April and May 2022, around the exhibition Trans(m)issions, Lopez prepared a choreographic practice workshop in front of the works consisting of 4 consecutive 2-hour sessions over 4 weeks.
  • WHO notes that artistic engagement and participation in creative activities provide a wide range of benefits: promoting well-being, quality of life, physical and mental health, and social capital. Indeed, throughout history, people have used images, stories, dances, and songs as healing and relaxation rituals. However, creating art is not easy, and its development can be either stifled or nurtured by many cultural and social factors. If education and loneliness are barriers to access to the Arts, depression remains a major barrier. Therefore, it is important to support these people so that they feel more capable and motivated to get involved.

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