The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles. Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits. Why is it we just don’t “get” this? When will it change? Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul. Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?
A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate
Full Story: Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian
Underemployed artists during the Italian Renaissance took to the streets, typically outside of Cathedrals, to showcase their talents using two materials: chalk and the pavement.
For hundreds of years, the sidewalk art pastime died out — until recently.
During the 1970s in Southern California, artists once again came back to the streets to convey their works of art, which later would inspire the Italian Street Painting Festival at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1999.
Full Article: Italian Street Painting Festival celebrates artists and their work through chalk art | Campus | collegian.psu.edu
One of Tasmania’s oldest hotels is now the unlikely home of the world’s richest landscape art award.
Full Story: World’s richest landscape art prize funded by Hobart hotelier – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Love the description of the now empty walls creating an “Empty Nest” syndrome. Lovely story …
The pull of the unconventional led him to purchase an unusual home in New Orleans’s French Quarter and amass a stunning collection of provocative art. And once he’d filled the walls with remarkable pieces, he gave them all away, leaving the white walls empty. This story looks at the moment just before that happened, capturing a snapshot from a lifetime of collecting.
Source: He spent four decades collecting art, then gave it all away – Curbed New Orleans
Sigh…. Is this another case of “This is why we can’t have nice things?” syndrome? 🙁
Take, for example, two murals by Leo Tanguma that have long been cited by conspiracy theorists as “evidence” of either a secret masonic apocalypse shelter, an alien colony, or a secret CIA base beneath passengers’ feet. (Most of the conspiracy theories surrounding DIA claim that there are up to six additional levels concealed beneath the airport.) Tanguma’s murals, “In Peace and Harmony with Nature” and “Children of the World Dream of Peace,” have been at the center of conspiracy theories because of their a
Full article: At the Denver Airport, Art Fuels Conspiracy Theorists
LANSING – When patients walk into the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center for treatment, their eyes will be drawn up along with their spirits.
At least that’s artist Craig Mitchell Smith’s intention with the 16-foot tall glass sculpture that will hang from the ceiling as the centerpiece of the two-story atrium lobby.
Full Story: How art can help cancer patients heal at Sparrow
Six caves in southern Germany containing some of the oldest known art have been awarded World Heritage status by the UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO.
More info: Caves home to ancient human art given heritage status – CNN.com
I can’t express how cool I think this idea is. I hope other’s pick it up and offer something similar!
Museum’s like NYC’s Met and the Smithsonian are becoming more egalitarian by releasing high-res images from their collections, letting you curate your own virtual tours. However, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has taken another approach, letting you receive artwork via text messages. With its new “Send Me SFMOMA” project, all you need to do is send a text with the words “Send Me” followed by a mood, color or something specific you want to see.
Full article & details: San Francisco’s MOMA texts modern art to suit your mood
Never underestimate the power of healing from art.
“When you’re painting or creating, you don’t think about these other things,” she said. “You get immersed in what you’re doing, and going through cancer or going through some other hardship, that seems to go away for a period of time.”
Full story: Creating art brings healing for cancer survivor in Oklahoma City | News OK
Very excited about this – and for Bill Morrison to be behind it makes it all the better!!!
Incoming MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison will write and illustrate Titan Comics’ adaptation in time for the movie’s 50th anniversary next year.
More info: ‘The Beatles: Yellow Submarine’ Coming to Comics in 2018 (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter