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!