Blog Posts for arts and healing

Serving Communities: Stewarding Public Investment in the Arts

Posted by John Schratwieser, Apr 15, 2016 1 comment

In October 2015, Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) hosted its fourth annual capacity building conference called ArtsLAB. This year’s theme was “Community Engagement; Roles and Responsibilities of Publicly Funded Arts Organizations.” Why did we choose this topic? Simple: The Baltimore Uprising of April 2015.

Our offices are in Baltimore City. On the day after the Uprising, the Baltimore City School System was closed. As a city resident, I considered this an egregious error if not a complete failure of the system to our youth. As I arrived at work and opened up our social media accounts, something so basic and so truly amazing happened. One after another, nonprofit arts organizations across the city started promoting arts activities, free lunches, free concerts and plays for Baltimore City School Students.

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The Arts & Health Steering New Advances in State Public Policy

Posted by Ms. Ann Marie Miller, Apr 14, 2016 1 comment

“Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.”
Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., Art Therapist

You know the old adage, “If you have your health, you have everything.” In seeking health, whether it’s your own, a loved one’s, or in a community, the arts can be a powerful, even transformational component. A growing body of research and expanding practice confirm this belief. As such, arts and healthcare is becoming more recognized as a compelling platform for creating public value and policy. 

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So, What Do You Do? Americans for the Arts Member Profile of Katherine (Kit) Kough

Posted by Ashley McDonald, Mar 25, 2016 0 comments

Kit Kough is one of the newest members of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council. As Program Director with the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine she oversees arts programming, special events and recurring medical humanities programming for patients, staff, and the community.

What are you looking forward to in your work with the Emerging Leaders (EL) Advisory Council?
The EL Council is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with my peers. We have a tremendous group with varied backgrounds and a lot of experiences to share. I’m really looking forward to connecting with other emerging leaders both regionally and nationally. I’m enthusiastic about building a strong leadership pipeline for arts professionals. I’m also hoping that my specific knowledge in the arts in healthcare field will be helpful for others looking to expand their work.

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How a “non-artist” found her niche in the art world

Posted by Cherie Northon, Jan 11, 2016 1 comment

A foray into the Monterey History and Art Association’s December 2012 exhibit, “Flows to Bay,” totally altered my outlook on how to communicate action on environmental issues. A small exhibit, it featured a variety of art using discarded plastics from the marine environment to demonstrate how they detrimentally affect our planet. I do not consider myself an artist, so the lenses I view the world through are primarily those of an environmental scientist. But what I saw hooked me, and its strong yet captivating message gave me new insight into a way to frame environmental degradation through art. 

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The Arts Help Us Find Comfort, Peace, and Unity

Posted by Robert Lynch, Dec 30, 2015 0 comments

2015 is almost over, and what a year of successes and changes we've had as a country. The unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in more than seven years; the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide; a landmark climate change agreement was approved; the U.S. embassy reopened in Cuba after 54 years; and a week ago, the Every Student Succeeds Act passed--a tremendous win for arts education. The arts won a number of other legislative victories too, such as increased federal arts funding and arts-friendly legislation regarding both IRA tax rollovers and visa law along with key successes at the state and local levels.

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Transforming Lives Through Music – Even Among Seniors!

Posted by Ms. Carol Bogash, Nov 24, 2015 0 comments

“The Academy has strongly shaped my present life and my plans. I am retiring next week and I will immediately become a full-time violin major at college.”  BSO Academy Violinist, 65 years old

A senior myself, I am acutely aware of the importance of music in helping me to stay sharp, to be successful in my full-time job as Vice President of Education and Community Engagement at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and to physically handle the demands of work and family.  That is why I am passionate about the BSO Academy, a suite of educational programs enabling older amateur musicians to play side-by-side with the pros. 

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