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Putting the Arts in Health | Duke Today

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***Arts in Health Series: Duke University Hospital***

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          One of the most important developments in healthcare over the last 20 years has been the increasing integration of the arts into the formal healthcare system. Most of the best hospitals in the country, including those associated with medical schools, have arts therapy programs and arts as part of the total hospital environment. Duke University Hospital has had an arts therapy program since 1978, possible one of the earliest in the US. (I am going to do some tracking of the history of these programs and will update the information.) Today’s post gives a brief overview of the Duke program and its impact on patients.

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Source: Putting the Arts in Health | Duke Today

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Integration of the Arts in Health!

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The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Tickled Inc.

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***The Arts in Prisons Series: San Quentin Prison Arts***

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          One of the major areas of wellness and the arts I am following in my research is the use of the arts in the rehabilitation of prisoners. One of the small lights in the darkness of current incarceration policies in the US is the expanding use of education and the arts in shaping a policy of rehabilitation rather than simply punishment. California is the state leading in this direction, although there is still much to do there as well. Today’s post offers you an in-depth look at the work created by prisoners in San Quentin, one of the most infamous of California’s prisons. I hope it will get you thinking about the potential and importance of prison rehabilitation.

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Source: The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Tickled Inc.

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The Creative Apothecary Supports the Arts in Prison Rehabilitation!

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New Study Links Art Access to Better Health, Safety, and Education in Lower-Income Neighborhoods

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***The Arts in Health Series: Community Impact of the Arts***

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          The arts are important for the health of communities and the people in them. This is especially true of low income neighborhoods. Today’s post summarizes the findings of an important study of New York City from the University of Pennsylvania’s “Social Impact of the Arts Project.” Thanks to Artsy Editorial for the story.

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Source: New Study Links Art Access to Better Health, Safety, and Education in Lower-Income Neighborhoods

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Courtesy of the Dandora Transformation League

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of the Arts in Communities!

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A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times – Brain Pickings

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: Creative Resilience in Our Times***

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          I can always count on Brain Pickings to share just the right visual essay when I need it. A Beacon of Hope for all of us, Maria Popova has the rare gift of unearthing gems to share. Today’s essay is a visual delight and an uplift for the spirits. The only featured images right for this post are from the ever-wonderful Buddha Doodles.

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Source: A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Creativity & Resilience of Artists!

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Engaged Aging: Creating Community for All Ages

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***Creative Aging Series: EngAGE Is Expanding***

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          Tim Carpenter and his team at EngAGE in California have been developing the most creative model for people aging in affordable housing for years. He has shown the power of partnering with ethical developers and placing creative expression at the heart of the work. Today’s post takes you to the new and expanded website and brings news of new directions for the EngAGE model in Oregon and Minnesota. Way to go Tim and team! Explore the full website and get ideas for your own community.

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Source: Engaged Aging

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Tim Carpenter and EngAGE!

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Public Art Week — Strong Towns

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***Transforming Communities Series: Public Art Week***

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          Strong Towns, a vital organization helping towns to develop from a foundation of designing for people, is doing an entire week of posts about public art and its role in shaping communities. This post includes the introduction to the series and direct links to the other essays in the series. There are some fascinating examples and good thinking here.

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Source: Public Art — Strong Towns

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Reclaiming A Disability Slur Through Dance – Be Yourself

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***Arts and Health Series: Dance and Disabilities***

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          One of the most interesting developments emerging from my research for Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life is the opening up of the performing arts to those with disabilities and the use of dance in many therapeutic situations. Today’s post is the inspiring story of Jerron Herman, who has cerebral palsy, and his performances in the Gimp Project, a New York City dance troupe of people with disabilities. Thanks to Carey Dunne and Be Yourself for the story.

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Source: Reclaiming A Disability Slur Through Dance – Be Yourself

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates All Who Want to Dance!

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Artful Aging Programs – Vitality Arts

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***Creative Aging Series: Guide to Aging & the Arts***

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          One of the major themes for my book Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life and its related resource guides is creative aging. Today’s post brings you a helpful list of organizations and programs supporting involvement for seniors in the arts. Vitality Arts is a new information service from Aroha Philanthropies, a leading supporter of the arts for senior across the country.

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Source: Artful Aging Programs – Vitality Arts

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Aroha Philanthropies!

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A passion that never fades | Illawarra Mercury

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***Creative Aging Series: The Arts in Dementia Care***

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          I have shared information before about HammondCare, Australia’s amazing world leader in dementia care. They are pulling together all the best practices that are emerging in healthcare and shaping them into a comprehensive approach that focuses on individual needs. This story from a local newspaper demonstrates how they use the arts in therapy, building on the interests and skills of individuals to promote hope, continued activity, and resilience in the lives of patients.

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Source: A passion that never fades | Illawarra Mercury

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of the Arts!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art – Exhibitions – Philadelphia Assembled

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking with a Major Museum***

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          Now and through July the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sponsoring a massive and collaborative placemaking activity that brings the arts and civic activism together to tell Philadelphia’s story of making the city a better and more inclusive place for all to thrive. This is a huge undertaking, well worth spending time to explore and get ideas for your own community. This is what happens when you give light to the presence of all these small beacons of hope in the community. One of my Beacons of Hope organizations, the Village of Arts and Humanities, is a partner and two of the featured images here are the work of Lily Yeh, one of its founders.

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Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art – Exhibitions – Philadelphia Assembled

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Courtesy of Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Philadelphia Assembled!

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