Art Is For Everyone (Part 1): Art is Healing

Summer break is coming up fast!  It’s a great time to think about how you will incorporate art into your kids’ summer break.  For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing some thoughts on why we create art (with kids and , and why art is such an important part of our lives.  We’re calling the series “Art Is For Everyone.”  Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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We create art for so many reasons: to have fun, to relax, to learn, to socialize, to teach and to simply create.  But we also believe in the healing power of art.  Self-expression is a powerful thing.  Letting your emotions come out in your art can make you feel lighter, happier and more balanced.  Which is true for kids as well!  Art can be a great tool for helping kids deal with change and loss, along with just being a fun, unplugged activity.

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Art may also heal in a very literal, physical sense, lessening pain and speeding recovery for people with serious conditions.  According to The Greater Good Center at the University of California Berkeley, “the artistic processes restore a sense of identity and agency that hospitalization takes away. Barb Esrig, once attended by AIM artists after a car wreck broke 164 bones in her body, now interviews Shands patients for oral histories. She says AIM (the Arts in Medicine program) ‘reminds people they’re a whole lot more than just a disease process or a diagnosis. We find out who they are outside of the hospital gown.”

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Art therapy is a powerful tool for recovery from emotional trauma as well, as explored by the National Institute for Health.  Megan Robb, a certified art therapist at NIH’s Clinical Center, says, “When traumatic memories are stored in the brain, they’re not stored as words but as images. Art therapy is uniquely suited to access these memories.”

We believe art journaling is a powerful tool for healing through art.  It combines drawing, painting, collage, poetry, journaling, sketching and more, for a one-of-a-kind creative project.

Have you ever experienced the healing power of art?  Please share in the comments!  You could inspire someone else to explore healing through art.

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