Monthly Archives: April 2015

On the Map: Arts & Health in BC | Arts Health BC

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Fireworks Series, 2014 Regina MJ Kyle

City of Light

I have been following the integration of the arts into healthcare in Canada from the very beginning of work on my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression and the Dance of Life” and the establishment of this curated information site. There are many good happenings in our neighbor to the north.

This post refers you to a new study and mapping of initiatives on the arts and health in the province of British Columbia. It is a model for what needs to be done everywhere. Good information and the knowledge of what is happening in different communities are essential to understanding and expanding the arts in healthcare and development.

If you know of other studies/mapping similar to this one, please use the contact page below to share the information.

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On the Map: Arts & Health in BC | Arts Health BC.

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Maps in the River Regina MJ Kyle

Maps in the River
Regina MJ Kyle

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Music as Medicine for the Mind | Parkinson’s Disease Information

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10401893_642003739230599_565477809620909920_nMusic as medicine is a continuing thread through the research for my book, “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creative Expression and the Dance of Life.” I found this post on the Michael J. Fox Foundation site. It is a wonderful example of importance of music to wellness, both for individuals and communities. Parkinson’s is only one of the many medical problems that responds to music. This wonderful example in California needs replicating in other communities.

5th Dementia and Music Mends Minds offer practical examples of the healing power of music and the need for people to take control of their lives and health. I will be featuring this group in the book and in some of the Resource Guides related to it.

If you know of any good programs in your community, please use the contact page below to tell me about them.

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 Music as Medicine for the Mind | Parkinson’s Disease Information.

Courtesy of Original Poster

Courtesy of Original Poster

Butterfly Mandala Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Butterfly Mandala
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The Kyle Group: Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Karachi Central Jail: Learning art behind bars – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

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Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST. Karachi

Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST. Karachi

No nation has a prison system that really changes prisoners lives for the better. Every so often, however, I find a light shining in the darkness. One section of my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities” focuses on using the arts for the rehabilitation of prisoners. Today’s post brings us a great story from Karachi, Pakistan.

Nusra Mang, a prison overseer in Pakistan, founded an art school in Karachi Central Prison in 2007. It has become a vital force in improving the lives of prisoners and giving them skills that can be used when they are released. This photo essay is from a Karachi news organization, DAWN, and was developed as part of a training class for future journalism students, Principals of Journalism. The power of the expressive arts knows no boundaries of time, place, or culture.

If you know of any prison-based arts programs, please use the contact form below to tell me about them.

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Karachi Central Jail: Learning art behind bars – Pakistan – DAWN.COM.

Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST

Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST

Butterfly Mandala Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Butterfly Mandala
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The Kyle Group: Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Making Art Tied to Fewer Cognitive Problems in Old Age – Pacific Standard

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11156331_10152855595018581_4273694457926037773_nWhen I began work on my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities,” I looked first at the growing research literature on the arts and aging. We know intuitively that the arts are “good for us.” What research is demonstrating is the powerful link between the practices of creative expression–whatever form they take–and wellness at all stages of life. They are wonderful preventative medicine. The arts are also healers of both individuals and communities. We need to shout this from the rooftops, write about it for our opinion pages, most of all get the arts integrated into all the realms of our lives.

Today’s post shares the results of yet more studies showing the power of the arts to keep us well. The expressive arts are as necessary as good food and physical exercise for a balanced and healthy life.

Spread the word!

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 Making Art Tied to Fewer Cognitive Problems in Old Age – Pacific Standard.

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The Kyle Group: Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

The Kyle Group:
Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Art therapy helps child war victims deal with their trauma – Features | The Star Online

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Courtesy of Art Therapy: The Movie

Courtesy of Art Therapy: The Movie

I am looking forward to the release of this film…like many others I contributed a small investment to make it happen. This documentary visits children and communities all over the world to bring us a real picture of how the arts help individuals and communities in recovering from trauma.

The post today is not taken from the film, but it offers a good example of how art therapy–and the broader range of expressive therapies– are helping children who are the victims of war, this time in Nigeria. It is too easy to forget that across the world today millions of children are suffering the effects of wars we allow to drag on through our very  unknowing.

As I research more and more examples for my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creative Expression in Our Changing World,” I am appalled at what the world at large is allowing to happen to its children.

Kudos to those in professions related to the expressive therapies who are helping to lessen war’s impact on children.

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 Art therapy helps child war victims deal with their trauma – Features | The Star Online.

Courtesy of Unknown Ferguson Photographer

Courtesy of Unknown Ferguson Photographer

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Lessons Learned in Boston: Creative Arts Expression As a Path Toward Recovery and Resilience | Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

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River Dreams. Healing Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2015

River Dreams. Healing Waters
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Dr. Jeremy Nobel is the founder of the Foundation for Arts and Healing and a physician/researcher in Boston. This post was originally published a year ago. Since this is Marathon Monday, I thought it appropriate to share it again. Dr. Nobel’s work and that of the Foundation for Art and Healing will be featured in my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities.”

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Lessons Learned in Boston: Creative Arts Expression As a Path Toward Recovery and Resilience | Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH.

Courtesy of Cathy Malchiodi

Courtesy of Cathy Malchiodi

The Kyle Group Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

The Kyle Group
Our Work Is
Keeping Creativity Alive

Project feedback from St. PJ’s ⋆ Clowns Without Borders

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders, a wonderful organization doing important work in the US and other countries, is in the midst of its annual membership support drive. I will be featuring Clowns Without Borders in both my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities” and several of the Resource Guides on the Arts and Healing that are related to the book.

This feedback from their most recent project will introduce you to their work if you are not already familiar with it. The work of Clowns in hospitals and other sites has become an important part of the healing process for many people, especially children. Do you know that Boston Children’s Hospital has its own permanent Clown Doctors troupe?

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Project feedback from St. PJ’s ⋆ Clowns Without Borders.

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders

Cloud Study The Kyle Group 2015

Cloud Study
The Kyle Group 2015

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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children — Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic

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Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders

As I have continued my research for “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities: Creativity and the Arts in Our Changing World,” the issue of trauma occurs frequently–not only in the case of veterans of the armed services, but also of battered women, children, and communities. There is growing research  on the impact of physical and emotional trauma on children, especially those living in poor communities but not limited to them. My friends at Clowns Without Borders spend their lives helping those suffering from trauma in various settings and it is hardly surprising that children in war settings need the help they bring.

This report from the Cleveland Clinic, a leader in integrating the arts and medicine, reinforces other recent work on the serious effects of emotional trauma on children. I think “surprising” is the wrong word to use here, but this is a very important contribution to the discussion and, one would hope, to some solutions. This is part of a growing body of research that needs to influence our public policy on poverty and early childhood development. I am beginning to look at dedicating an entire book to this after “Shaping Our Lives” is finished.

Please consider investing in our project to develop resource guides on the arts and healing. We have a small Go Fund Me site to support the Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing. Every small investment will help us get the publication out by the end of the summer.

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransguide

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Emotional Trauma’s Surprising Effect on Children — Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic.

Butterfly Project Vrygod, SA

Butterfly Project
Vrygod, SA

The Kyle Group 2015

The Kyle Group 2015

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive

Creative Economy Report 2013 Special Edition | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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Vincent at the Fireworks 1 Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Vincent at the Fireworks 1
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

A large section of “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities” focuses on the role of creativity and the arts in the economic, social, educational, and spiritual development of our communities. This report from UNESCO is a critical one for all interested in the development of life in communities to read and share.

One of the projects of UNESCO is the Creative Cities Network,  established in 2004 and growing each year. Paducah, Kentucky is one of three US cities awarded special status in the group. This small Kentucky city has used the arts and its Artist Relocation Program as the centerpiece for economic development. I will be featuring Paducah in my book and in the Community Resource Guide for the Arts and Economic Development. This guide will be the second in the series “Living through Creativity.” The first one is the Veterans’ Resource Guide on the Arts and Healing.

I am looking for the stories of other communities using creativity and the arts in economic development, in addition to Paducah. If you know of one, please use the contact form below to tell me about it, or email kylegroup2@yahoo.com

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Creative Economy Report 2013 Special Edition | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

River Dreams Regina MJ Kyle 2015

River Dreams
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Lily Pads Dreaming Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Lily Pads Dreaming
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping creativity Alive

Workhouse Arts Center Workshop in Lorton Helps Veterans with Artistic Expression

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Courtesy of the National Veterans Art Museum

Courtesy of the National Veterans Art Muse

The Washington, DC area is home to thousands of active military and veterans. The Workhouse Arts Center Workshop is a project I cam across in my researches this week. They are doing very important work and I will be including information about them in the Veterans’ Resource Guide to the Arts and Healing that I am preparing for late summer publication.

Check this program out and let me know about similar projects in your community through the contact form at the end of this post. Help us get this published by investing in our Go Fund Me project and letting others know about it.

http://www.gofundme.com/veteransguide

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Workhouse Arts Center Workshop in Lorton Helps Veterans with Artistic Expression.

Butterfly Mandala Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Butterfly Mandala
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Butterfly Mandala Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Butterfly Mandala
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive