A few months ago I published a post on the wonderful mural created by artists in Damascus on the wall near a school in the heart of the city. The artists used trash and broken items gathered from across the city to construct a beautiful work of art meant by its creators to give some hope to people who pass it each day.
The art work of these Syrian children comes from the huge refugee camp in Lebanon where they live. Over one million Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, others in Jordan and other Arab states. The art therapists who work with these children in the camps are often the only bright spots in their lives. All over the Middle East, from Egypt through Israel and the West Bank, to Syria and Iraq, the lives of children are at risk every day.
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Syrian children drawings are brought to Edinburgh – Edinburgh Evening News.
This beautiful photo of a water lily makes me think of artist Judith Scott. Born with Downs syndrome and deaf, she created an incredible body of work during her lifetime. She was a beautiful lily in spirit and in her work.
If you don’t know her work, learn about it and the linked article is a good place to begin. If you are in the New York area, go to the exhibition of her work in Brooklyn.
We need to support opportunities for everyone in the community to create. See my previous post on Art Hives.
READ…VIEW HER ART…SHARE…WHO ARE THE “OUTSIDER” ARTISTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
The Work Of Outsider Artist Judith Scott Sheds Beautiful Light On Living With Disabilities.
One of the important themes I have been following in this blog has been the importance of the arts in the life of the community. I often feel that many communities in Canada and Australia, in particular, have done a better job of integrating the arts into the life of the community than we have in the United States.
This concept of the community “art hive” developed and spreading in Canada is one that can be adapted for any community. Please share this with others after you have had a chance to read it. It is especially encouraging to see universities involved in this development.
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Teaching and Learning in Edmonton, October 2014 | Art Hives.
Fireworks Series, 2014
Regina MJ Kyle
In today’s post I am not including a link to someone else’s thoughts but writing about the innovations and developments that spurred me to start this blog.
I have followed the work of Dave Edwards at Harvard University for several years. He has contributed greatly to our understanding of the links between the arts and science in our times. His two books “Art/science: Creativity in the Post- Google Generation” and “The Lab: Creativity and Culture” are must reads for anyone hoping to understand the ways to the future of a healthy society.
One of the most important developments in the arts/science relationship is the movement to include creativity and the arts in our approaches to wellness and healthcare. This is a major focus of my writing and sharing here. It is the centerpiece of my book in progress. Most of the posts in Create and Be Well bring you information and examples from all over the world. From the work of the Foundation for Art and Healing in Boston to the integration of the arts into healing in the most advanced hospitals in our country and others–the Cleveland Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospitals in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Toronto–to the surge in arts therapies in elder care, recovery from trauma, working with special needs children, and communities reeling from war and bombings, the arts are taking their critical roles in our lives and wellness.
One of the most interesting developments has been the roles the arts are playing in the lives of veterans of our armed forces. Some of this has come through the support of the Veterans Administration from the end of World War II to the present. In the last decade much of the advances here have been initiated by veterans themselves: the National Museum of Veterans Art in Chicago, the Veterans Art Project, Military Experience and the Arts are among the most prominent organizations.
Yet these advances are not well developed across the country. The southern tier of states has, for the most part, not yet integrated the arts into wellness and healthcare in a significant way. It is very important for this to change. I urge all my readers living in states where the arts in wellness is not well advanced to take the initiative and support this in their communities.
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Veterans Performing at the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Secret of Music and Healing: Connectedness
If you don’t know the Engage people, you should read their blog and get to know about the senior housing for retired artists and the arts programs they offer in a growing number of affordable assisted living communities in Southern California.
We have a growing body of research about the positive role of creativity and the arts in vital longevity. This is a good piece to introduce you to these ideas.
Research Shows that Creative Aging is Healthy Aging | Engage Blog.
Kudos to this professor for developing this approach to helping premature infants gain the strength and development they need to flourish. This information needs to become better known so that those working with children born prematurely can integrate it into their practice.
This is only one of many areas that needs curated information available more widely.
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KU professor develops music therapy for premature infants | Kansas Health Institute.
The integration of the arts and their role in wellness and healing is missing from or only an option in most medical training programs. It is great to see these elite hospitals in the United Kingdom adding to the experiences of young doctors. Does your medical school include such knowledge and experiences in their preparation of doctors? It is much needed in nurses programs as well.
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Arts to be further integrated into medical training | News | ArtsProfessional.
I always love it when our assumptions about the origins of art are shown to be wrong. The cave paintings in France have been thought to be the world’s oldest art. Well now they have found great paintings several thousands years earlier in Indonesia.
We only know what we know–and new discoveries are happening all the time, whether in art or medicine or archaeology. All knowledge is contingent on what we have found; it changes with new discoveries.
A very good reason for hope!
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The ‘New’ Oldest Art In The World is 40,000 Years Old | The Creators Project.
One of the things that has impressed me as I have been doing research on veterans and the arts is that so many veterans have taken the initiative in developing arts programs for their fellow veterans. This is true of the Military Experience and the Arts and the Veterans Artists Program (VAP).
This is another good example of veterans helping veterans.
Local vet brings music therapy for veterans to Nashville – WKRN News 2.
Veterans Performing at the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
I have posted often in the past about the use of various arts in therapy by veterans of the armed forces. This is the story of how one veteran, retired Colonel Greg Gadson, is using photography in the healing process. As someone who has been shooting photographs all over the world for over 40 years, I really appreciate what he is doing.
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Ret. Col. Greg Gadson Used Photography To Heal.