Reimagining the future of nursing through the arts and performance.
The Clinic, founded in 2017 by nurse and artist Tara Rynders, combines art, music, movement, and caring science to create immersive experiences and resiliency workshops for healthcare professionals.
Actors Theatre of Louisville is partnering with Rynders to bring this work to Kentucky, to support the health and wellness of our nursing communities through innovative programming at the intersection of art and service. This work centers self-compassion and self-care, and raises awareness around the detrimental effects of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress.
This fall, in partnership with the Kentucky Nurses Association, we're offering workshops to nurses in our region.
Want to learn more? Join us virtually on November 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. EDT for Collective Care: Finding Freedom and Joy Through Movement and the Arts.
This presentation will be curated from a workshop led by nurse, dancer, and creative caregiver Tara Rynders, with participants from the Kentucky Nurses Association. You’ll be able to learn more about Rynders’s work, view a video culminating from the workshop, and participate in a Q&A.
Tara Rynders, RN-BC, M.F.A, B.S.N., B.A., has been a registered nurse for sixteen years and received her M.F.A. in Dance in 2011 from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Rynders has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a specialization in Movement and Somatic Practices. Rynders is the founder and artistic director of The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops and performances inside the hospital setting, and research around burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Rynders is also an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist offering group and one-on-one grief recovery workshops.
Collective Care: Finding Freedom and Joy Through Movement and the Arts
Nurse, dancer, and creative caregiver Tara Rynders guides this exploration of movement, art, and personal reflection around the art and science of caring for oneself and others. As a truth-teller and disrupter, Rynders embraces vulnerability, relationship, confession, and collective care as means to end burnout and its detrimental effects, which acutely impact patients of color.
Drawing from her expertise as a nurse, a creator, and a griever, Rynders invites nurses to collectively honor their shared humanity by creating a culture nested in self-compassion, curiosity, creativity, and joy. This workshop provides an opportunity for nurses to come alongside artists from all over the world who are trained in nursing theory, to care for themselves through truth-telling, self-compassion, creative expression, performance, and ultimately, the celebration of pleasure.
Please note: this workshop is for nurses who are registering to participate via the Kentucky Nurses Association. If you would like to learn about The Clinic, please join us for the virtual sharing on November 4 (see details above).
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.