Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a way to use art to improve observation, communication, and comfort with ambiguity. In the last decade, it has increasingly been used to train doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists around the world. I will first lead a discussion about what VTS is and how it works, and then an audience-participation demonstration – using the same resources I use with first-year nurses at Tucson Medical Center.
Lauren Walden Rabb is an art historian, author, and trained VTS coach. She worked for a number of years as gallery manager for Hollis Taggart Galleries (NYC), and upon moving to Tucson opened her own gallery, The Gallery at Sixth and Sixth. In 2009 she became the Curator of the University of Arizona Museum of Art, and in 2014 she became the founding Curator of Tucson Medical Center’s Healing Art Program. Lauren has three published novels: Walking Through Time (1998), Interview with Mrs. Berlinski (2005), and The Rise and Fall of the Trevor Whitney Gallery (2014). Her shorter writings about art have appeared in the literary magazines The Whistling Fire, Driftwood Press, The Vignette Review, and Still Point Arts Quarterly.