Monthly Archives: January 2015

Portraits of war veterans show true cost of war – CBS News

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10288739_10203755289179749_7048792953935137443_nThe National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago is a wonderful place, not as well known as it needs to be. I am featuring it in my book in progress “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creativity and the Arts in a Changing World.”

Scott Pelley did a great report on CBS news, one well worth watching if you haven’t seen it. If you live near the Chicago area, I strongly urge you tp go study these powerful images and continue to visit and support this dynamic institution.

WATCH…READ…LISTEN…MEDITATE ON THE POWER OF THE PORTRAITS…SUPPORT THE NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM.

 

Portraits of war veterans show true cost of war – CBS News.

 

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Veteran Making the Milwaukee Steles

Veteran Making the Milwaukee Steles

Outsider art can refashion how we think about mental illness

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Art by M Shawn Thornton

Art by M Shawn Thornton

This is a very thoughtful analysis of how outsider art can help us to rethink our attitudes about mental illness. I came across this essay today and wanted to share it with my readers.

The relationship between art and mental illness is one of the areas I am exploring for my book. In a recent development, the Wellcombe Trust in the UK has made available on the internet a treasure load of 19th century patients’ files from various hospitals. These files include drawings and paintings done by the patients.

READ…REFLECT…READ AGAIN…SHARE WITH OTHERS.

Outsider art can refashion how we think about mental illness.

 

Art by M Shawn

Art by M Shawn Thornton

 

Art by M Shawn Thornton

Art by M Shawn Thornton

Healing Soldiers | National Geographic

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Regina MJ  Kyle Maps in the River

Regina MJ Kyle
Maps in the River

 

I have not posted much recently because I am preparing to move back to Boston. However, this article from the February National Geographic is too important to ignore. One of my current projects is preparing a resource guide for war veterans on the arts and healing. This article is a powerful expression of some of the important work being done.

READ…REFLECT…CONTEMPLATE THE IMAGES…SUPPORT THE ARTS FOR VETERANS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.’

 

Healing Soldiers | National Geographic.

 

 

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Doctors Enlist Paintings to Hone Skills – WSJ

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10513479_10152293557663581_4120213695942170356_nmichelangIt is always interesting when the mainstream press picks up on and takes seriously work related to the integration of the arts into medicine and the healing process. This recent article from the Wall Street Journal focuses on the use of art in a museum setting to aid in the development of diagnostic skills in the work of the medical doctor. Improving the fine art of “seeing” and “interpreting” are essential skills for physicians and ones that are too often lacking in medical education. This approach is needed, but definitely not sufficient. Medical education should incorporate what we are learning about the arts and wellness sooner rather than later.

READ…THINK…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS IN MEDICAL EDUCATION.

Doctors Enlist Paintings to Hone Skills – WSJ.

Secret of Music and Healing: Connectedness

Secret of Music and Healing: Connectedness

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