Blog Posts for arts and healing

Healing Trauma through the Arts in Chicago and Beyond

Posted by Eric Delli Bovi, Oct 12, 2016 1 comment

This year, our Sweet Home Chicago also recorded its most violent and deadliest summer on record—with no end in sight. For too many of Chicago’s children, the wealth of opportunities this city provides is seemingly too distant to access due to the many barriers that remain in place.

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A Shaman in the Recovery Room: The Arts’ Surprising Return to the Job of Healing

Posted by Judith Greer Essex, PhD, Aug 24, 2016 0 comments

For the last century, modern healthcare has been tremendously beneficial to humanity, both in extending and improving quality of life. But now many physicians and hospitals across the country and around the globe are once again recognizing a significant role for the arts in healthcare.

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Passing Storms Installed at the Oregon State Hospital in Junction City, Oregon

Posted by Catherine Widgery, Aug 15, 2016 0 comments

“Passing Storms” portrays the changing weather as metaphor for unpredictable and shifting states of mind. As the residents and visitors move through the hospital courtyards, they see the cloud and rain sculptures subtly change depending on the angle of the light and the color of the sky. 

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“Not Just a Patient”: Arts and Healing in Pediatric Clinics

Posted by Rachel Zink, Aug 09, 2016 0 comments

Access to hands-on arts experiences and creativity-boosting activities helps to positively transform the healthcare experience for children and their families. By providing educational visual art, music, and creative writing lessons to children and teens while in the hospital or clinic, Arts For Life is nurturing their minds and spirits and helping keep them active and engaged in life.

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Creative Aging Takes Hold

Posted by Robert Schultz, Jul 27, 2016 1 comment

Mesa Arts Center has just concluded its fourth year of Creative Aging programming, in partnership with several local organizations that serve seniors, people with dementia, and their caregivers. Creative Aging is a process where organizations utilize the arts to reach seniors, and employ trained teaching artists to engage them in creative activities that benefit their physical, mental, and emotional health.

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