Monthly Archives: May 2016

How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system – The Hechinger Report

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Education Transformation Needed Now, Finland Model:

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     For over 30 years I have advocating for the kind of education offered by Finland to its children. The Finnish model corresponds to what we know about child and human development. Together with the Montessori and Emilia Reggio models it offers hope that finally public education in the US and other nations will learn the lessons it teaches.

     Today’s post from The Hechinger Report is one indication that major media outlets are beginning to see the importance of moving away from the 19th century factory model that now holds sway.

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“Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms. Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and […]”

Source: How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system – The Hechinger Report

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Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

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Courtesy of Educate Inquire Change

The Creative Apothecary Supports Transformation in Education!

BAAT | Blogs | Art Therapy: A List of Outcome Evidence So Far…

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Research on Art Therapy:

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

     For those of you looking for good information on the outcomes of art therapy, this is an excellent resource from the American Art Therapy Association. They update it on a regular basis.

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“The American Art Therapy Association Research Committee have kindly shared their revised and updated Art Therapy Outcome Bibliography.”

Source: BAAT | Blogs | Art Therapy: A List of Outcome Evidence So Far…

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

The Creative Apothecary Shares Research on the Outcomes of Therapy in the Arts!

What Is Art Therapy? – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS

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Transforming Lives, Understanding Art Therapy:

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

     This is an excellent brief introduction to understanding art therapy and its possibilities. Art has many roles to play in our lives; art therapy can be part of the medical treatment of people with a range of needs. Kudos to The Healing Power of Art & Artists for reminding us that medicine goes way beyond pharmaceuticals.

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“Robyn Schindler is an Art Therapist with her own practice named Paint The Stars Art Therapy, LLC. Learn about Art Therapy and how it helps children.”

Source: What Is Art Therapy? – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Art Therapy in Medicine!

Never Lose Your Clown ⋆ Clowns Without Borders

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Helping People & Communities With Laughter:

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

     Clowns Without Borders is a great organization, working with communities that have suffered from the traumas of war and natural disasters all over the world. Today’s post shares the experiences of Giovanni Zoppe, a volunteer with Clowns Without Borders and a member of the Zoppe Family Circus. Enjoy his story and the good work he does.

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“Never lose your clown: Reflections by circus performer and Clowns Without Borders volunteer, A. Giovanni Zoppe.”

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

The Creative Apothecary Salutes Clowns Without Borders!

Music matters for the brain

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The Power of Music in Transforming Lives:

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Courtesy of Anonymous Poster

     I cannot overemphasize the importance of music in the lives of all of us. Listening to music, playing music, dancing to music, surrounding oneself with music is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. This post introduces you to music therapy in New Zealand through several examples of how music is helping young and old to thrive. Kudos to the New Zealand Herald for the information and related videos and articles.

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“The hills of Dairy Flat are alive with the sounds of music whenever James Wong, 7, and music therapist May Clulee get together. James, who loves The Sound of Music , has regular music therapy sessions…”

Source: Music matters for the brain

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Courtesy of National Association of Music Educators

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Courtesy of the Original Poster

The Creative Apothecary Supports Music Therapy in Every Community!

Current Research – Music and Memory

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Research on the Impact of Music on Dementia:

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Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

      Music and Memory is an important program that offers help to people with dementia, their caregivers, and their families. I have often posted about the program and its good works. Today’s post is a segment of their website that offers information on research related to the impact of music on people with dementia.

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Compiled by Nina S. Parikh, PhD, MPH Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College, CUNY

Source: Current Research – Music and Memory

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Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

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Courtesy of the Anonymous Designer

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Music!

The Art of Revitalization

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Transforming Our Communities, The Arts Are Essential:

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       This is a must-read article on the power of the arts in revitalizing and renewing poor urban areas. In a guest blog for Huffpost Arts & Culture Linda Novick O’Keefe, CEO of Common Threads, develops a brilliant essay on the importance of beauty in all our lives. She focuses on presenting a series of effective revitalizations in communities across the nation. If you read only one post today, let this be the one!

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Source: The Art of Revitalization

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Art of Revitalization!

How Community-Engaged Design Is Changing Development – Next City

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The Arts in Communities, Economic and Social Development:

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Havana, Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

     The arts are powerful drivers of development in communities; this is a theme in my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. This post from Next City looks at progress in transforming communities when urban designers partner with the local community in the design and change process.

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“Urban designers are working with low-income communities and communities of color to create a new paradigm.”

Source: How Community-Engaged Design Is Changing Development – Next City

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Community Engagement in Urban Design!

Works in Progress – The New York Times

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Creative Aging, Older Female Artists Still At Work:

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Crocus Variations 1 Copyright 2016 Regina MJ Kyle

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     I am always delighted to come across artists in their 70s and beyond who are still at work. Today’s post comes from the New York Times, via my friends at EngAGE in Los Angeles. This is the perfect read for a May weekend!

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“A very small sampling of the female artists now in their 70s, 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago.”

Source: Works in Progress – The New York Times

Early Spring Emerging Westport Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Early Spring Emerging Westport
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Withlacoochee River Florida Regina MJ KYle 2014

Withlacoochee River Florida
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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Elder Artists Everywhere!

How a GP co-op is sowing the seeds of healthy eating | Anna Bawden | Society | The Guardian

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Gardening in Primary Healthcare, A Model from the UK:

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     On the outskirts of London in one of its poorest boroughs, a collaboration among primary healthcare physicians is integrating gardening and healthy eating into their practices. This is an outstanding model for shaping a new vision for primary health services.The Lambeth GP Food Co-operative is a pioneering approach to using gardening for multiple purposes in promoting mental and physical wellbeing of patients. It could be adapted in many ways to suit individual needs in other communities. Kudos to The Guardian for the story!

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“A pioneering scheme sees patients find solace in getting their hands dirty at their local doctor’s surgery…”

Source: How a GP co-op is sowing the seeds of healthy eating | Anna Bawden | Society | The Guardian

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Sicily, Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Sicily,
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The Creative Apothecary Applauds Integrating Gardening into Primary Healthcare!