Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

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

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Italian Street Painting Festival celebrates artists and their work through chalk art | Campus | collegian.psu.edu

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.

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He spent four decades collecting art, then gave it all away – Curbed New Orleans

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

At the Denver Airport, Art Fuels Conspiracy Theorists

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

This Wile E. Coyote Street Art is the Best Thing You’ll See Today «TwistedSifter

I absolutely love, love, love this!!!

“It was a challenge creating a story-line using two corners with so much distance between them. But I was really happy to do this Wile E Coyote piece. The consummate failure is my favorite character of all time. I love him for knowing what he wants and going after it; for being creative in the pursuit; and for always getting up after he falls and trying again.”

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