Regina MJ Kyle
Maps in the River
I want to wish all the readers and subscribers to Create & Be Well a peaceful and joyful New Year, one filled with experiences of all the arts that make our lives and our communities filled with creativity and happiness.
Thank you for being part of the Create & Be Well community and for supporting the arts in your lives and worlds. I hope that the end of 2015 will see the publication of “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creativity and the Arts in a Changing World.” Keep being forces for good in your lives, homes, and communities.
REGINA (REGINA MJ KYLE)
Regina MJ Kyle
Maps in the River Series
Fireworks Series, 2014
Regina MJ Kyle
Among the important uses of the arts I am exploring is art in prisons, art used to help prisoners in their transformation and rehabilitation. This article from Psychology Today offers information and insight on important developments in Europe, individual work and partnerships that span Germany, France, and the UK. In a later post I will discuss the work of the Koestler Trust in London. This is a development with research to support its success. We need to look at a more systematic use of it in prisons in the United States.
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Art in Prison-A Parisian Event | Psychology Today.
The leading children’s hospitals in the US have been the “early adapters” of integrating the arts and creativity into healing. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is an amazing place. They understand and support the importance of fostering the creativity of children in the process of healing. This is a great story of how one young patient is giving back to support the creativity of those still there.
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LEGO Master Gives Back Once Again | We Treat Kids Better.
One of the wonderful things about our world is that just as we think we know everything about ancient humans, new discoveries show that our knowledge is incomplete–and always will be– because every new archaeological discovery, every new ancient cave revealed after thousands of years hidden from our eyes forces us to rethink our understanding of the past and where we come from. Our knowledge of the origins of art and creativity are in constant transformation.
This article from the January 2015 National Geographic is a new summary and mapping of parts of this ancient store of human creation. A definitely must read!
(Thanks to the Foundation for Art and Healing for the Einstein quote and image.)
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The First Artists – National Geographic Magazine.
One of the most important developments in healthcare over the last ten years has been the integration of the arts into medicine and wellness. This is a perceptive article about music and doctors, with a focus on using music in the operating room. Music penetrates many aspects of life in the medical profession–there are many physician-musicians who play in orchestras and smaller musical groups. Do you know a physician who integrates music into his life and practice?
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The truth about music in the operating room – Salon.com.
The integration of the arts into healing is one of the most important developments of the last fifty years. No place is doing this better than the University of California San Francisco, especially at the Medical Center. In February 2015, the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will open, with the arts an important component of the design and the healing processes. I plan to feature UCSF San Francisco in my book. This is an excellent article on the arts and medicine there, past-present-future.
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The Art of Healing | ucsf.edu.
Crystal Bridge Museum
This is a wonderful fiber art piece in the Crystal Bridge Museum in Arkansas. Today I want to share the work of Toshiko Horiuchi McAdam, a Japanese artist now living in Canada. She creates wonderful enormous fiber art installations, including playgrounds. I will be featuring her in my book, Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: the Arts and Creativity in a Changing World.”
Enjoy the article and the pictures of her work.
Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds | ArchDaily.