“Even though some people might think art isn’t the same as medicine, it was my medicine and I think without it I just would have still been sick.”
Writer, Heart transplant recipient
I’ve written about this subject a lot lately in previous posts, because I’ve always used the arts extensively in my work and I’ve always found them to be profoundly healing:
With Hospice patients: Encouraging them to paint, draw, write poetry, make audio tapes or videos ….
In an art class we created for our AIDS patients which culminated in an exhibit of their work at the University of Texas,
In presentations I’ve done for Hospice and Death Education organizations where creating memorials was part of the presentation With our photo/oral history exhibits*A Child’s Grief/September 11th Story now belongs to the Houston Firefighters Memorial Houston, Texas
and in our documentary films.
So today, I got an email today from an organization called THE FOUNDATION FOR ART AND HEALING which said
Thank you for reaching out to us. We are looking into your project, and seeing how prison reform might fit within our mission to explore the ways creative expression can help heal. Thank you for your important and moving work. We will be in touch.
The Foundation for Art & Healing
I looked up their website and found the short clip below-I liked it a lot..looking at Art and Healing from a little different point of view