Category Archives: Art

Art and Smarts

For many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and … Continue reading

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VA arts program exhibit

Recently visitors to Microsoft’s flagship Manhattan store got a glimpse into the world of the American Veteran. Through the Eyes of a Veteran—a digital showcase and panel discussion held in December—represented the exhibit of the same name still currently on … Continue reading

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Healing with art

Gripping a cane to stabilize his stride, Bradley Books walked past the Firehouse Arts Center in Longmont, promising himself that one day his paintings and drawings would hang on the white walls. Now four years later, the 37-year-old is inside … Continue reading

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How Does Art Therapy Heal

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Art used to connect with dementia patients

Something happened when Brant Kingman handed his mother a colored pencil. In the three years since Polly Penney, 87, was diagnosed with dementia, she had lost much of her short-term memory and some of her language. So she would ask … Continue reading

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How art aided Andrew Marr’s recovery

“When I started to recover in hospital, one of my early frustrations was that I found I wanted to draw. Drawing does for me what others find in meditation, prayer or gardening. It is my way of connecting to the … Continue reading

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Clients find healing, self-expression through restorative art program

Hung on the walls of the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope, you can see — and even purchase — Jim Lucas’ saving grace. The formerly homeless Fort Collins man is a recovering addict who has been clean for … Continue reading

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