I don't think painting is for me!

 
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Most of us grew up thinking we are not artistic or talented. The arts made us feel inadequate and so we gave up thinking we will always suck at being creative.

Its not true! We may be a disaster at making someone else happy with our creation but art can be a way of making ourselves happy by letting go of judgement, comparison and practicing self kindness.

The creative process can be a pathway to knowing ourselves differently and discovering parts of ourselves that we did not know existed.

 

Why Art?

 
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Music, dancing were all part of humankind’s early healing rituals, it seems like art and health have always been intertwined.

Today we have a wide body of research evidence in art therapy and art in medicine. Art therapist use the arts to help people heal from trauma, depression and anxiety.

Hospitals are finding that putting artwork on the walls help patients feel more relaxed, music played in emergency rooms reduce violence and singing can teach patients with lung diseases to breath better and dancing is helpful to patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Community artist use the arts to build social capital and cohesion, arts are also used in school to teach math by singing the timetables or creating poetry for difficult facts to be remembered.

Why the arts? Because its powerful!

 

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