Monthly Archives: March 2016

Beth Hiatt Writes ‘Let’s Talk About Autism’ Article for School Magazine | The Mighty

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Wisdom of the Young, Experience Speaks:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

     It is one thing for adults to speak about autism; it is quite another–and far more important–to read and listen to the comments of young people who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

     Beth Hiatt, a young girl with autism, has written an enlightening article for her school magazine, sharing her daily experiences with the sensory overload. Read and learn from her experience.

     The images on this post are, appropriately, paintings by Iris Grace Halmshaw, a young artist in the UK who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.

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“13-year-old writes article about autism for school magazine, explains sensory overload.”

Source: Beth Hiatt Writes ‘Let’s Talk About Autism’ Article for School Magazine | The Mighty

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Imagination in All of Us!

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2016-2017 Awards – Project for Public Spaces

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Community Involvement in Rural Design:

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     Much attention is focused on designing community-centered places in urban areas; it is critically important that this happen in rural communities as well. I was delighted to see that the Project for Public Spaces and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design have a collaborative program to support rural efforts.

     I have been living in a lovely rural area of Massachusetts’ South Coast for several months; I would love to see Westport and other South Coast towns get involved in this program. The program is a tribute to the growing public-private partnerships that are making our communities more centered on the needs of their people.

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“Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ is pleased to announce the selection of six organizations to host rural design workshops for the 2016-2017 program year.”

Source: Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2016-2017 Awards – Project for Public Spaces

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Creativity in Rural Communities!

Keeping Creativity Alive | Laura Grace Weldon

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Children, Imagination & Creativity, This Is Our Future:

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      Laura Grace Weldon is one of my favorite people writing about the importance of encouraging creativity in children. Part of my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life, calls for a revolution in our approaches to educating children.

     This post is a wonderful introduction to her work and to Free Range Learning, an invaluable resource on nurturing our children and the future of our world.

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“Imagination sparks new ideas and necessary solutions. That is, if we keep creativity alive.”

Source: Keeping Creativity Alive | Laura Grace Weldon

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Imagination of Children!

Art & Healing | PTSD | The Foundation for Art & Healing

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Featuring The Foundation for Art & Healing in Boston:

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     The Foundation for Art & Healing in Boston is dedicated to bridging the gap between how contemporary medicine is practiced and how it should be practiced by integrating the arts. Founded by Jeremy Nobel MD, the foundation is a leader in this evolution of medicine.

     This post from their website will introduce their work with post traumatic stress disorder. I suggest using this as a jump-start to explore all aspects of the foundation’s work.

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Source: Art & Healing | PTSD | The Foundation for Art & Healing

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Arts in Medicine!

20 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes That Will Enchant You

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Never Too Much Vincent Van Gogh, Thoughts for the Day:

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Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

      There is so much in Vincent Van Gogh’s life for us to ponder. The wonder of his paintings is enhanced by the legacy of his written word and the secret notebooks–subject of a future post. Storypick has selected 20 quotes from his letters and paired them with paintings. Better than morning coffee for inspiring us!

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“I wish they would take me as I am.”

Source: 20 Vincent Van Gogh Quotes That Will Enchant You

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Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

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Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Vision of Vincent Van Gogh!

 

Vincent van Gogh on Fear, Taking Risks, and How Making Inspired Mistakes Moves Us Forward – Brain Pickings

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR VINCENT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!:

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     Whenever I get discouraged, I spend time in my memory back in Auvers sur Oise, standing by the graves of Vincent and his brother Theo Van Gogh. After Leonardo, Vincent Van Gogh is the artist whose work I love most. His letters to Theo are among my most treasured books. This thoughtful essay by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings is the perfect read for his birthday.

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“However meaningless and vain, however dead life appears, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth … steps in and does something.”

Source: Vincent van Gogh on Fear, Taking Risks, and How Making Inspired Mistakes Moves Us Forward – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Loves and Celebrates the Work of Vincent Van Gogh!

Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute – Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

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Using the Arts For Healing After Trauma:

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Courtesy of The Butterfly Art Project, South Africa

     The Expressive Therapy Institute is an excellent resource for information, ideas, and training about using the expressive therapies for children and adults who have suffered trauma, from whatever source.

One of the most important developments in the healing professions since World War II is the emerging of the arts as therapy and the training of expressive arts therapists. This new website is a contribution to the practical information base for all arts therapists.

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“Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, online education on art therapy and expressive arts therapies in trauma-informed intervention.”

Source: Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute – Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

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Courtesy of The Butterfly Art Project, South Africa

Courtesy of The Butterfly Art Project, South Africa

The Creative Apothecary Supports Trauma-Informed Arts Therapy!

100 Art Therapy Exercises – The Updated and Improved List – The Art of Emotional Healing

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100 Possibilities, 100 Opportunities for Art Therapy:

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     Shelley Klammer’s website offers creative and easy ideas for art therapy exercises. In this post she revises an older list of 100 possibilities developed for nurses and transforms it into a useful resource for the here and now.

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“Here is a popular internet list of art therapy activities originally posted up several years ago by the Nursing School Blog, and as time has gone by over half of the links have become defunct or out of date. I have researched current links that reflect the most vibrant and inspiring art therapy directives on the internet today, while aiming to keep it as close as possible to the original list.”

Source: 100 Art Therapy Exercises – The Updated and Improved List – The Art of Emotional Healing

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Art!

About Artful Aging

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Introducing a New Resource, the Artful Aging Website:

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     Aroha Philanthropies is an  organization dedicated to helping people. It’s focus on creative aging brings us a great new resource for information and ideas. Recently I shares links to the video they have produced on Tim Carpenter’s Senior Artist Colonies.

     This post provides an introduction to their new website, Artful Aging, aimed directly at the multiple roles the arts play in creative aging. In my planning for The School of Creative Aging, I am already finding it useful.

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Source: About Artful Aging

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates “Artful Aging” for All!

The Science Behind Artful Aging

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The Arts Enrich Our Lives, What Science Says:

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     We know intuitively, as well as from personal experience and the stories of others, that the arts are good for us. I am always happy to see science agreeing with this. The resources listed in today’s post will interest all of us–the skeptics for whom “scientific evidence” is essential and those of us who appreciate the science, but for whom the experience speaks louder.

    This will also serve as a brief introduction to the new website, Artful Aging, sponsored by Aroha Philanthropies. More on this later.

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Source: The Science Behind Artful Aging

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of the Arts in Our Lives!