Monthly Archives: August 2015

Golden Thread Gallery and Community Renewal through the Arts: A West Hartford Work in Progress

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The Golden Thread Gallery, the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, and Community Solutions: Coming Together to Make a Difference

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Courtesy of Golden Thread Gallery

Courtesy of the Golden Thread Gallery

It has been several weeks since I posted information on creative expression related to community development and wellness. In pursuing my research for Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life I came across a small, relatively new gallery, the Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford, Connecicut. It one of a group of organizations on the campus of the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center and Monastery. Others at the site include the Copper Beech Institute, dedicated to meditation and mindfulness and the Spiritual Life Center, a non-denominational organization.

This past Saturday, August 29, the Golden Thread Gallery, with other partners including the Hartford Bicycle Studio and Community Solutions, a national organization that partners with communities to help end homelessness and improve life, sponsored a Paint Out at the old Swift Factory site. All the images in today’s post are from that event.

Courtesy of the Golden Thread Gallery

Courtesy of the Golden Thread Gallery

Northeast Hartford is one of the poorest communities in a city noted for its poverty. Community Solutions, based in New York City, has a formal partnership with Northeast Hartford to help the community improve life for its people in a number of ways, including healthy eating, adequate housing, and lowered usage of hospitals in non-emergency situations. The Swift Factory site is becoming a hub for the neighborhood in community and economic development.

This is a good example of work in progress–of organizations, perhaps small in themselves, coming together to make a difference in the community. Please use the contact form to tell us about such projects in your community.

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Courtesy of the Golden Thread Gallery

Courtesy of the Golden Thread Gallery

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Syrian Refugee Camp’s Circus School Spreads Confidence, Smiles, Hope

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Circus, Clowns, and the Art of Healing in the Traumatic Times

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

Courtesy of
Clowns Without Borders

Regular readers of this blog know how much I admire Clowns Without Borders, Dr. Patch Adams, and clown doctors in many children’s hospitals. I have also posted many times about the traumas suffered by refugees from the current Syrian civil war. Today’s post offers a heartwarming example of how the circus is helping those living in one refugee camp to cope with life.

Finn Church Aid is a humanitarian non=profit in Finland that offers Sirkus Magenta as part of its work. In addition to the circus school at Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan established in 3013, Sirkus Magenta has programs in Mexico, Afghanistan, and Turkey. In addition to teaching the children circus skills, the training helps them to work together in harmony, respect themselves and others, and develop hopes for the future in a return to Syria.

Perhaps the earliest circus school in the Middle East refugee camps is the Palestinian Circus School established in 2006 in the West Bank and now with a permanent home in Birzeit.

If you know of other circus schools helping out in traumatic situations, please use the contact form to let us know about them.

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 Syrian Refugee Camp’s Circus School Spreads Confidence, Smiles, Hope

Courtesy of the Clown Doctors

Courtesy of the Clown Doctors

Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

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Seven over 70 | MIT Technology Review

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Creative Seniors Make a Difference

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

We frequently see lists of younger people making a difference in the world with what they are doing–30 under 30, 40 under 40, etc. It is refreshing to see the MIT Technology Review celebrating the creativity of the over 70s of this world. One of the recurring themes of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life is that creativity knows no ages and no boundaries.

Jason Pontin, who wrote the article, includes seven still active senior scientists, among them Judith Jarvis Thomson, John Polyani, and Helen Murray Free. He is also interested in learning about the contributions of other elders, so feel free to share names and examples with him after you have read the article.

The School of Creative Aging, a new project of The Kyle Group, is a catalyst for transforming the way we think and act about aging. I am always interested in new examples of what elders are contributing to our society. If you know of senior entrepreneurs and/or creative artists in your community, please use the contact form to tell us about them.

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Seven over 70 | MIT Technology Review

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

 

Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Regina MJ Kyle 2014

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Art and Healing Organizations & Programs – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS

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Looking for helpful art and healing organizations? Check out this list!

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Art and healing organizations that use art and art programs to help individuals, their communities, and society at large.

I often share posts from The Healing Power of Art & Artists. Today’s is a list of 100 organizations using the power of the arts to help people. There may be one there that is just what you are seeking on this beautiful Saturday morning.

Please use the contact form to tell us about organizations using the arts for healing in your community.

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 Art and Healing Organizations & Programs – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS

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Courtesy of the Original Post

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Cancer Support Services in MetroWest Boston: History — Virginia Thurston Healing Garden

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A Healing Garden in Harvard, Massachusetts

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River Dreams. Healing Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2015

River Dreams. Healing Waters
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Healing gardens come into existence in many ways. Today’s example, the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, Massachusetts was born of the experience with cancer of one woman. Bill and Ginny Thurston already had a beautiful garden, well known to the community. After Ginny’s diagnosis with breast cancer they added a meditation garden and a few years after Ginny’s death, Bill Thurston established the healing garden center.

The center now has eight acres of land and offers services to people with a variety of cancers, expanding beyond its original group of people with breast cancer. The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Center offers a mind-body holistic approach to its clients. It includes complementary therapies, psych-social support, and expressive arts therapies in a healing environment.

Please use the contact form to tell us about similar healing centers in your community.

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Cancer Support Services in MetroWest Boston: History — Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.

Courtesy of the Artist

Courtesy of the Artist

 

Wild Garden at Sunset Courtesy of the Artist

Wild Garden at Sunset Courtesy of the Artist

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What Are Healing Gardens? | Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing

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More on Healing Gardens from the University of Minnesota: Center for Spirituality and Healing & Charlson Meadows

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Garden in the River Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Garden in the River
Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

In yesterday’s post I shared information on healing gardens from the University of Minnesota Extension. Today I am turning to another group at this same university, the Center for Spirituality and Healing. The Center’s introduction to healing gardens and their possible roles in our lives offers a useful overview for the individual and the organization. It examines briefly how interacting with nature helps us to lower stress and increase wellbeing.

This site is a collaboration between the Center and Charlson Meadows, a retreat center. It also has information on other topics related to wellness, including the importance of shaping a healing environment in our homes and other places. Check out the entire site.

Please use the contact form to tell us about healing environments in your community.

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What Are Healing Gardens? | Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing.

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

 

Celebrating the Light Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Celebrating the Light
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SULIS: Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series : University of Minnesota Extension

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Resources for Healing Gardens from Minnesota

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

Minnesota is one of the states that “gets” it, always in the forefront of new developments. When I am doing research for my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life, it never surprises me to find good things happening in Minnesota.

Today’s post from the University of Minnesota Extension presents a brief, helpful introduction to the history and role of gardens in healthcare. The current revolution in healthcare works to integrate many approaches to increasing health and wellness, among these attention to the environments where healing takes place. The article offers guidelines for developing healing gardens in a range of settings–hospitals, nursing homes, dementia care settings, among others. It is a useful place to begin your understanding of how gardens can make a difference to your health.

Please use the contact form to tell us about healing gardens in your community.

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SULIS: Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series : University of Minnesota Extension.

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

 

Courtesy of Iona Senior Services, Washington, DC

Courtesy of Iona Senior Services, Washington, DC

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How Hospital Gardens Help Patients Heal – Scientific American

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Healing/Therapeutic Gardens: A Series of Curated Information Posts

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Garden by the Sea with Mountains

Garden by the Sea with Mountains, Courtesy of the Artist

The healing power of nature, wild and in planned spaces, is a recurring theme in my research for my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.” For the rest of this week I will share a series of curated information posts on this topic. I am also planning a Resource Guide on Healing and Therapeutic Gardens for publication this fall.

Today’s post is an informative article from Scientific American, published originally in 2012. This introduces the research of Professor Roger Ulrich of Texas A&M that has given a strong scientific base in support of the power of gardens in the healing process. The development of gardens in healthcare and other settings–hospitals, nursing and specialized living facilities, schools, prisons, and communities–has grown at a rapid pace in the last 20 years. We now have a rich body of research, design, and experience on which to move forward. In the coming days I will add other resources to our understanding of the therapeutic potential of gardens.

Please use the contact form to tell us about healing gardens in your community.

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How Hospital Gardens Help Patients Heal – Scientific American.

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Courtesy of the Artist

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How I Became an Artist Ambassador for Regenerative Medicine – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS

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Bringing Art and Science Together for Healing

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Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Regina MJ Kyle 2014

The most important developments of our time come at the intersection of art and science. This is a recurring theme in the research for my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. From the work of Harvard’s David Edwards to this morning’s post from The Healing Power of Art & Artists, I keep finding examples of a phenomenon we need to be emphasizing in education, medicine, community development, and other areas of life: Art and Science together are central to all of life and development.

Kelly Milukas, an artist from Rhode Island, is a visiting blogger on The Healing Power of Art & Artists, a very useful source of information for examples of art and healing. She works with the Regenerative Medicine Foundation to develop art installations Keys for the Cure, using the theme of keys and locks to bring the art and science together in the healing process.

The Regenerative Medicine Foundation supports new treatments and therapies based on advances in tissue engineering and regenerative therapies. It is connected to the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina.

Please use the contact form to tell us about how art and science are working together in your community.

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How I Became an Artist Ambassador for Regenerative Medicine – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS.

 Regina MJ Kyle 2015


Regina MJ Kyle 2015

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