One of the themes of the book and of this curated information blog is the role of art in helping communities to recover after trauma. It is no surprise to me that the artists of Ferguson have come out to express hope for the future. This article from St. Louis Public Radio includes several photographs of the images artists have painting on boarded-up buildings and windows. As I noted in the post on Damascus, Syria and the wonderful mural constructed of junk, the artists see their work as offering hope in a dark world.
READ…LOOK, REALLY LOOK…THINK…SHARE…BRING HOPE TO YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.
On South Grand, Artists Are Making The Best Of A Bad Situation | St. Louis Public Radio.
Minnesota is a state I admire; some of the best things happen their first–if they haven’t already happened in California. Ta-coumba Aiken is a wonderful artist whose story will inspire you. Both his public art, where he trains many people to actually create the work, and his individual paintings bring life to heart and soul. In a period when the integration of the arts and healing is one of the most important advances in individual and community wellness, he is a hero making his world a better place.
READ…LOOK…THINK…SHARE…SUPPORT PUBLIC ART IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
Ta-coumba Aiken’s Public Art Heals the Heart and Soul.
I love the Arts Health Network Canada; it keeps me in touch with all the wonderful things going on north of the border. Cirque du Soleil is more than just an entertainment company. It has a social circus art program, Cirque du Monde. Recently Cirque’s Director of Social Action and Community Relations Gil Favreau gave an address where he talked about their work in South Africa with poor children, many of whom suffer from HIV. (The images below the link are from another wonderful project in South Africa, the Butterfly Project.)
WATCH THE VIDEO…THINK…SHARE…SUPPORT THE WORK OF CIRQUE DU MONDE AND OTHER GROUPS.
Can Art Change the World? | Arts Health Network Canada.
Capricorn Elementary School
Veterans Performing at the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration are making strides in integrating the arts into the recovery of veterans from the visible and invisible wounds of war. I don’t think many people realize that the profession of music therapist emerged after World War II when the VA realized that traditional approaches to healing were not successful in many cases. The development in the VA of the expressive therapies integration with traditional medicine has come a long way since it began in the 1980s. This news article from the Department of Defense is good news indeed. Now it needs to be made available for all active and retired service men and women.
READ…THINK…SHARE…WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Defense.gov News Article: Pentagon Expo to Feature Art Therapy for ‘Invisible Wounds’.
Regina MJ Kyle, July 2014
The importance of understanding and working from the connections between the arts and science is fundamental to the research and writing of my book and the curated information in this blog.
This book is an extremely important contribution to our understanding of creativity and how art and science build on and reinforce one another. Brain Pickings provides an invaluable resource in sharing with the public new works and old that help us move forward. Read this account of Leonardo’s Brain and I hope you will move on the obtain the book itself.
Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity | Brain Pickings.
From Iona Senior Services
This is a great story of a woman who lives in Pittsburgh and is bring opportunities for creativity to the kids in her neighborhood. Her own work is absolutely wonderful.
READ…PONDER…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
Art is Moving: Inspiring Trash to Treasure: I live in the ‘hood. I find great materials off the street.
From Iona Senior Services
Iona Senior Services is a wonderful organization in Washington, DC. The video here shows their participants at work on the art that is now being exhibited at the Phillips Collection. Watch it and see what is possible and being done every day to involve seniors in the arts.
I had to use this copy in order to share the video. It is an ad for the company that provides the software for making similar videos. The video is so worth watching I wanted to share it anyway.
WATCH…PONDER…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS FOR ALL IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
Animoto – Copy of Art and Wellness: Creative Aging.
Public art has come a long way over the last fifty years. It is one of the glories of many of our communities. Often a help in the healing process after trauma of some kind, it is also a celebration of the community and its peoples, and an inspiration on a daily basis.
This Sunday’s Boston Globe has a wonderful pictorial review of over 30 wonderful public art pieces in cities all over the world and I share this here. If you in the San Francisco area, make sure you see the work of the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei at Alcatraz. There is also a wonderful shot of the red poppies at the Tower of London, commemorating those killed in World War I. One of the my favorites is the image of the vegetable vendors in Manila sitting in front of the mural of Albert Einstein.
ENJOY AND SUPPORT PUBLIC ART IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
Art in public spaces – The Big Picture – The Boston Globe.
One of my regular themes here has been the importance of the arts in helping communities to heal after trauma. Clowns Without Borders is a wonderful organization that works with communities in different parts of the world. They have been especially active in Haiti since the hurricane. Read about the work they will be doing in the next several weeks there. Support them in whatever way you can.
Project Haiti November 2014 – clownswithoutborders.org.
The intersection of art and medicine is as old as humanity, but somewhere along the way we have lost our understanding of the importance of the arts in the wellness of individuals and communities. The art/medicine relationship is experiencing a renaissance in the 21st century, but one that has not reached certain areas of the country. While a Foundation for Art and Healing is doing great work from its Boston base, and while major hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic and children’s hospitals in communities like Boston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis have been integrating the arts into the healing process for a long time, other communities show little awareness of these developments.
The example cited here is one small way that the arts are being used to help young physicians become better at their calling.
I am looking for as many examples as I can find of the integration of the arts into individual and community wellness. I hope to have a complete draft of my book ready in a few months. Please let me know about examples in your communities through this blog or through firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR SHARING STORIES WITH ME.
Can the intersection of art and medicine lead to better patient care? — NewsWorks.