What does art mean to the artist or the viewer? For some artists, their art forms are part of a healing process or distraction. Art therapy is used by many psycho-therapists as a way to establish communication whether by appreciation or by actual art making. Through the creativity of art, patients learn to resolve conflicts, manage behaviour and increase self-awareness and self-esteem. For those with physical disabilities, colour, texture and objects, art therapy can greatly increase cognitive abilities that enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being.
There are several local services who offer incredible enhancements to health through art and other therapies, click on the names to visit their websites. They include:
Artcures: “Creative exploration can soothe and heal the mind, body and soul.
Artcures events bring people together in a unique and empowering way.
Through art exhibitions, creative kids programs and wellness events, we facilitate a venue for experimental learning, which is the foundation for healthier people and healthier societies.” http://www.artcures.ca/
The Earth Angel Project: “a movement with the intention of awareness to New Paradigms of Being that are aligned to individual well-being”. Cathy Bell is an energy healing practitioner, spiritual intuitive and life coach. http://www.earthangelproject.com/
Deafblind Ontario Services: “Through respect, trust and teamwork, we are providing leadership in deafblind awareness, programming and services. Inspired by the spirit and determination of the people we support, we are committed to delivering ‘senseable’ solutions we all can be proud of.” http://www.deafblindontario.com/