Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Connector – A Canadian Arts and Health Monthly | Issue 18

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Courtesy of Create and Transform

Courtesy of Create and Transform

 

There are many good things happening in Canada linking the arts and healing. This monthly internet publication is one that shares news of good programs with the broader public. Check it out for some great examples.

Curated information on the arts and health is more important than ever. I am planning a broad range of efforts through this blog. Please keep reading and share with your friends.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS AND HEALTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

 

 

The Connector – A Canadian Arts and Health Monthly | Issue 18.

 

Abstract Mandala Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Abstract Mandala
Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Courtesy of Cathy Malchiodi

Courtesy of Cathy Malchiodi

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Stronger at the Broken Places | Military Experience & the Arts

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Military Experience and the Arts is a wonderful organization developed by veterans for veterans and their families. They focus on both literature and the visual arts, with a strong focus on writing. They publish the writings of veterans and work with those expressing themselves through prose and poetry. I will be featuring this group in “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities” and in the Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing.

Please consider a donation to the fund supporting the publication of the Veterans’ Resource Guide. We want to publish it in the late summer and develop the traveling art exhibit to raise awareness of how the arts can help veterans and their families in the healing process.

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransresourceguide

 

Stronger at the Broken Places | Military Experience & the Arts.

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Veteran Artist at Work

Veteran Artist at Work

Courtesy of Create and Transform

Courtesy of Create and Transform

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping creativity Alive

Ars Bellum | Beyond the Battlefield

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Courtesy of the National Veterans Art Museum

Courtesy of the National Veterans Art Museum

Minnesota often leads in new developments that show the way forward in different areas of living. “Ars Bellum,” the organization featured in this post is providing much needed services to veterans returning from the traumatic experiences of war. The organization offers mentor in art and writing to veterans and works on making the public more aware of what PTSD is and how it affects the returning veterans and their families.

This is just one of many organizations that will be featured in our Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing. Please support the publication of this important resource by giving to the Go Fund Me site listed below or contact me if you would prefer to do a private donation. You can be anonymous on Go Fund Me as well.

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransresourceguide

 

Ars Bellum | Beyond the Battlefield.

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Abstract Mandala Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Abstract Mandala
Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

St PJ’s in San Antonio ⋆ Clowns Without Borders

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Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders is one of my favorite organizations. Usually I am posting about their work outside the United States, in countries suffering from the traumas of war and natural disasters. This post about their work in San Antonio will give you some insight into their work here at home.

I am featuring Clowns Without Borders in my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: the Creative Arts in Our changing World,” and in the resource guide on communities suffering from trauma.

READ…REFLECT…SHARE…SUPPORT THE CREATIVE ARTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

St PJ’s in San Antonio ⋆ Clowns Without Borders.

 

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Flowing Water Regina MJ Kyle

Flowing Water
Regina MJ Kyle

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive!

Exhibit showcases messages of hope, inspiration and survival in cancer patients artwork – WauwatosaNow

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Courtesy of Create and Transform

Courtesy of Create and Transform

 

Many hospitals are beginning to incorporate arts therapy into their treatment protocols. This post tells the story of the new exhibit at a Wisconsin cancer center. Unfortunately, too many hospitals and health care providers are unaware of the power of the arts to promote healing and wellness.

What is happening in your community. Please share any examples with me at kylegroup2@yahoo.com or fill in the contact form below.

READ…VIEW…THINK…SHARE…SUPPORT THE CREATIVE ARTS IN HEALTHCARE IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

 

Exhibit showcases messages of hope, inspiration and survival in cancer patients artwork – WauwatosaNow.

From Iona Senior Services

From Iona Senior Services

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The Kyle Group…Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Syria’s Piano Man Sings The Stories Of The War

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Damascus, Syria Wall of Hope Made From Trash

Damascus, Syria
Wall of Hope Made From Trash

 

In times of trauma and war, the creative arts may be the only hope people have. I have posted several time about the uses of the arts in war-torn Syria. This post is powerful and reveals the resilience of a community surviving under horrendous circumstances. The setting for today’s post is a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus. The post tells the story far better than I can.

READ…WEEP…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS FOR ALL THOSE LIVING WITH THE EFFECTS OF WAR AND TRAUMA.

Syria’s Piano Man Sings The Stories Of The War.

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The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Please support our mew project: Veterans’ Resource Guide to the arts and Healing

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransresourceguide

2014 NVCAF 1st Place Artwork – an album on Flickr

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A Veteran's Work

A Veteran’s Work

The range of art created by veterans is wide and deep. Here I am posting the First Place art works from the 2014 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Check them out!

The images I am posting here are from those I have been collecting from various sites. Help us help more veterans using the creative arts by supporting the Veterans Resource Guide: http://www.gofundme.com/veteransresourceguide

read…view the images…support veterans and the creative arts in your community.

 

2014 NVCAF 1st Place Artwork – an album on Flickr.

 

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Enemies Meeting in the Rain John Plunkett, Vietnam Vet

Enemies Meeting in the Rain
John Plunkett, Vietnam Vet

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

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Veterans Performing at the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Veterans Performing at the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Every year the Department of Veterans Affairs sponsors the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Vets receiving medical care at VA hospitals and other units are eligible to compete. I am posting here a some basic information and a link for those who may not be aware of this opportunity. This is among the resources that will be featured in my Veterans Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing. Please support this important project at http://www.gofundme.com/veteransresourceguide

READ…REFLECT…HELP US COMPLETE AND PUBLISH THE VETERANS RESOURCE GUIDE FOR THE ARTS AND HEALING.

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

 

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Veterans Playing at the 2013 National Veterans Arts Festival

Veterans Playing at the 2013 National Veterans Arts Festival

The Kyle Group, Keeping Creativity Alive Is Our Work

Using art as therapy for troubled children

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The arts therapies offer ways of working with troubled children, whatever the source of their traumas may be. Whether we are talking about the children in war-torn countries such as Syria, those in our own communities, or immigrants from troubled communities in Latin America, the arts can make a difference.

This is the story of one arts therapist in the San Francisco area and her work with children. Multiply it several thousand-fold and we can understand better the need to have the arts, all of them, at the center and art of education. Of all the damage done to education in the last 30 years, not keeping the arts as a major element in schooling is perhaps the most serious. As part of my work on my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creativity and the Arts in a Changing World,” I am proposing a new model for educating our children and for preparing the professionals who serve them. I will share this here over the coming months.

READ…THINK…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS IN EDUCATION IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

 Using art as therapy for troubled children.

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The Kyle Group, Keeping Creativity Alive

‘Life is a Colorful Journey’: Senior living facility residents benefit from painting Gallopalooza horse – Insider Louisville

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Courtesy of Iona Senior Services

Courtesy of Iona Senior Services

 

I just had to post this today. I lived in Louisville for four years and had projects there for 30. The city is doing a new Gallopalooza project for this year’s Derby Festival and these senior citizens at Presbyterian Homes are doing a wonderful job on their horse–and benefiting from doing art at the same time. Kudos to Insider Louisville and Sarah Havens for the report.

READ…ENJOY…SHARE…SUPPORT THE ARTS AT A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY NEAR YOU.

 

 

‘Life is a Colorful Journey’: Senior living facility residents benefit from painting Gallopalooza horse – Insider Louisville.

 

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