Healing With the Arts

 

Source: Brett Cook: Choosing Power through June Jordan | Open Engagement

About the contributor: Brett Cook is an artist and educator who uses his creative practice to transform outer and inner worlds of being. For over two decades, Cook has produced installations, exhibitions, curricula, and events widely across the United States, and internationally. His museum work features drawing, painting, photography, and elaborate installations that make intimately personal experiences universally accessible. His public projects typically involve community workshops and collaborative art, along with music, performance, and food to create a more fluid boundary between art making, daily life, and healing. Teaching and public speaking are extensions of his social practice that involve communities in dialogue to generate experiences of reflection and insight.

“We wanted to help our shy and fearful dog without forcing physical interaction with them to see the positive effect that could have on them,” program director Jo Klepacki told The Dodo. “We launched the program last Christmas, but now we offer it once a month.” Kids age 6 to 15 can sign up for the program online, after which they are trained how to read a dog’s body language to tell if they are stressed out or anxious. Those pets, say Klepacki, are the ones most in need of special attention.

Source: Something Truly Beautiful Is Happening At This Animal Shelter

 EducationTeachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s workingResize Text Print Article Comments 24 Book mark article Read later list Saved to Reading List Teacher Carol Hunt encourages students in her kindergarten class to emulate wild animals during an arts-integrated math lesson at Westlawn Elementary School on Feb. 18 in Falls Church, Va. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)By Moriah Balingit February 22 The children puffed out their chests and mimicked drama teacher Melissa Richardson, rehearsing their big, booming “rhino voices.”“Giant steps, giant steps, big and bold!” the kindergartners yelled in unison in a classroom at Westlawn Elementary in Fairfax County.In groups, the children were then cast as animals and bugs: Big, stomping rhinos; delicate lady bugs skittering across the tile; leaping kangaroos and tiny frogs. All made their way to the classroom’s imaginary “water hole,” formed with blue tape.This giggly play session actually was a serious math lesson about big and small and non-standard measurements. Dreamed up by Richardson and kindergarten teacher Carol Hunt, it aims to get the children to think of animal steps as units of measurement, using them to mark how many it takes each animal to get from a starting line to the target.Teachers call such melding of art and traditional subjects “art integration,” and it’s a new and increasingly popular way of bringing the arts into the classroom. Instead of art as a stand-alone subject, teachers are using dance, drama and the visual arts to teach a variety of academic subjects in a more engaging way.

Source: Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working – The Washington Post

“Soul-making is allowing the eternal essence to enter and experience the outer world through all the orifices of the body … so that the soul grows during its time on Earth.  It grows like an embryo in the womb. Soul-making is constantly confronting the paradox that an eternal being is dwelling in a temporal body. That’s why it suffers, and learns by heart.”5

Source: Marion Woodman and the Search for the Conscious Feminine, by Patty de Llosa

[Dr. Thomas] decided to transform the nursing home. Based on a hunch, he persuaded his staff to stock the facility with two dogs, four cats, several hens and rabbits, and 100 parakeets, along with hundreds of plants, a vegetable and flower garden, and a day-care site for staffers’ kids. MORE Influencers In Aging “All those animals in a nursing home broke state law, but for Thomas and his staff, it was a revelation. Caring for the plants and animals restored residents’ spirits and autonomy; many started dressing themselves, leaving their rooms and eating again. The number of prescriptions fell to half of that of a control nursing home, particularly for drugs that treat agitation. Medication costs plummeted, and so did the death rate.

Source: He Broke the Law to Build a Better Nursing Home – Next Avenue

“Divinity makes love to humanity through numinous theophany, the Visionary experience. The Mystic Visionary opens their spiritual eye and beholds the blazing splendor of inner Heaven worlds. Making mystic Visionary Art provides a means for the artist to align with Creator through transmission of Cosmic symbolism.

Source: CoSM Journal Volume 9 : Divinity – Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

Knowing that your feelings will never reach them

Source: After her husband died, she was cleaning out his things. The letter she found changed her life.

MISSING POST OFFICE is an art project. It was created by the artist, Saya Kubota, for the Setouchi International Art Festival. The building she used is the the former post office on the Island. Here, the letters are collected in a “Missing PO Box” while waiting delivery to an unknown destination. Due to its popularity, what began as a temporary project has now become a semi-permanent exhibition that continues to open irregularly. Katujisa Nakata, who had worked in the real Awashima post office for 45 years, now works there as the director.

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company is staging “Hamlet” in a squalid refugee camp in northern France, bringing the Bard’s best-known play to some of the more than 4,000 people living in what is known as the “jungle.”

Source: Shakespeare on stage in squalid migrant camp in north France | Entertainment & Showbiz from CTV News

An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma

02 Feb 2016, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized

Traditional methods of healing trauma could hold the key to helping us release our suffering and connect with each other again.

Source: An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma

Dadirri is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’.”
– Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, Ngangiwumirr Elder

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The city of Grenoble, France, is testing the first models of a local startup’s short-story vending machine. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY PAULINE BOCK When Jess Mateychuk entered the tourism office in Grenoble, France, he wasn’t looking for information about the city. “I finally found them!” the twenty-one-year-old exchange student from Winnipeg, Canada, said with excitement. He was referring to the city’s recent cultural innovation turned Internet hit: a black and orange, rocket-looking cylinder that spits out short stories, free of charge.

Source: How a City in France Got the World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines – The New Yorker

Kids and Art Foundation

23 Jan 2016, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized

Source: Kids and Art Foundation

Children do get cancer and we focus on the NOW.

We focus on the NOW by supporting the family with regular art sessions for the child and their care circle.

Our mission is about empowerment, encouragement and creating memorable experiences because sometimes the art stays longer than the child.


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Source: The Courage to Live Your Authentic Self | Divine Feminine Yoga Telesummit 2016


Mohammed al-Saedi leads me through the densely populated Gaza City neighborhood of al-Zaitoun. Walls are painted in blues and pinks, with wooden shutters of purple and yellow. Plants are potted in colorful buckets at each corner. “Color and flowers give the human positive energy, relax him, and provide much-needed comfort to the soul, heart, and mind,” says al-Saedi, a slender man of 57, wearing a paint-splattered shirt. 

Source: Waging Life in a War Zone by Jen Marlowe — YES! Magazine

Marina Abramović’s art pushes the boundary between audience and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. In her groundbreaking 2010 work, “The Artist Is Present,” she simply sat in a chair facing her audience, for eight hours a day … with powerfully moving results. Her boldest work may still be yet to come — it’s taking the form of a sprawling art institute devoted to experimentation and simple acts done with mindful attention. “Nothing happens if you always do things the same way,” she says. “My method is to do things I’m afraid of, the things I don’t know, to go to territory that nobody’s ever been.”

Marina Abramović’s art pushes the boundary between audience and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. In her groundbreaking 2010 work, “The Artist Is Present,” she simply sat in a chair facing her audience, for eight hours a day … with powerfully moving results. Her boldest work may still be yet to come — it’s taking the form of a sprawling art institute devoted to experimentation and simple acts done with mindful attention. “Nothing happens if you always do things the same way,” she says. “My method is to do things I’m afraid of, the things I don’t know, to go to territory that nobody’s ever been.”

Source: Art Isn’t Just Good For The Mind, It’s Good For The Body Too

I reached out to David after reading about a February 2015 study in which researchers from UC Berkeley determined that experiencing wonder during activities like viewing powerful art may lower the levels of certain chemicals, particularly those that cause inflammation and can eventually lead to diabetes, heart attacks and other illnesses.

In the experiment, 200 young adults detailed how much they experienced wonder and amazement in a given day. Researchers then obtained samples of gum and cheek tissue (oral mucosal transudate), finding that those who claimed to have experienced greater levels of wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of cytokine interleukin 6 — a marker of inflammation. Cytokine is necessary to the body for fighting infection, but in large quantities, it can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s.

Source: New Study Shows Marked Drop in PTSD Symptoms in Combat-Exposed Marines from… — AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Three weeks of healing touch treatments, combined with listening to a guided imagery CD, provides significant clinical reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms for combat-exposed, active duty Marines, according to a study released in the September issue of Military Medicine.

The report finds that the 68 Camp Pendleton Marines who were randomly assigned to 6 sessions of the combined intervention within a three-week period also showed significant improvement in quality of life, as well as reduced depression and cynicism, as compared to the 55 subjects receiving treatment as usual.

 

Moving Art on the Vatican on Vimeo

02 Jan 2016, Posted by msamuelsca in Uncategorized

To celebrate the start of the Jubilee, on December 8th, 2015 Pope Francis allowed for the first time ever projections of art and nature on St. Peter’s Basilica to bring world wide awareness to the climate crisis. Louie Schwartzberg was honored to have his imagery included in this prestigious event.