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Roshan Abraham

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Solitary Gardens project started in New Orleans and has been copied in multiple other places as a combination art exhibit and therapeutic link between incarcerated people and the outside world. People on both side...

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Michaela Winberg

6 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund freed more than 400 people from jail in 2020, thanks to $3 million donated amid the COVID-19 crisis and racial justice protests. Organizers of the Black Mama's Day Bailout, an annu...

Broadview Magazine

Sarah Treleaven

5 March 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A growing therapeutic clowning community is helping to bring emotional relief to children and the elderly who are in hospitals and eldercare facilities. While not all patients are receptive to this play therapy, of th...

The National

Priti Salian

12 February 2021

India

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In India, where stuttering is not recognized as a disability, The Indian Stammering Association (TISA) offers "free online courses, counseling, communication workshops, and daily virtual meeting" to help those who str...

The Buckeye Flame

Caitlin Fisher

11 January 2021

Ohio, United States

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A free speech clinic in Ohio is providing transgender patients with speech services to help them find their voice through vocal exercises. The clinic, which operates in conjunction with Baldwin Wallace University, has...

The Local

Marta Silvia Viganò

15 December 2020

Wales

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In Wales, the African Community Centre which has previously offered culturally competent mental health care services to youth in the African community in the city, has expanded its services to "Black, Asian and minori...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

2 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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PowerCorpsPHL and Mural Arts' Guild have notched impressive results in job placements of young people with criminal records. The programs' employment training, paid apprenticeships, and art therapy classes have all be...

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Jordan Erb

19 October 2020

Pendleton, Indiana, United States

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In Indiana's maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Facility, the FORWARD program (Felines and Offenders Rehabilitation With Affection, Reformation and Dedication) puts incarcerated men in charge of caring for cats r...

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Priti Salian

25 September 2020

Auroville, India

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Clinic clowns aren't just bringing joy to elderly dementia patients, they are also fostering a sense of wellbeing and positivity while helping them recall memories from their past through the use of art, music, and im...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

17 September 2020

Gilford, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, a healing and bonding program is offering veterans and first responders experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ways to cope with their stressors. From social interactions to equine t...

The New York Times

Annalisa Quinn

14 August 2020

United States

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A community of incarcerated magic enthusiasts formed spontaneously around a column published by a magic magazine, thanks to their own initiative and the willingness of Joshua Jay, the magician/columnist, to respond to...

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Tierra Thomas

7 May 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Lip-reading is very important for clarification for those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, but the masks mandated by the coronavirus pandemic hinder that. In response, the nonprofit Catalyst Life Services (which curr...

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Richard Kenny

Lily Freeston

4 May 2020

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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A program in Cape Town, South Africa is helping children learn life skills and provide mental health resources through 'surf therapy.' The program called Waves for Change starts each session with some grounding medita...

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Tina Giuliano

10 March 2020

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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Flagstaff Medical Center has incorporated the arts into their behavioral health unit, where they treat people with depression, anxiety, and other issues—they hired local artists to paint murals on the walls. Staff at ...

The New York Times

Miriam Zoila Perez

10 March 2020

Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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Horticultural therapy – a mix of art therapy, wellness activity, and a way to reuse viable flowers – is gaining popularity amongst hospitals and nursing homes due to its nature-centric therapeutic benefits. Although m...

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Joan van Dyk

26 February 2020

Madwaleni, South Africa

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In the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa, a hospital has transformed their model of care for children with cerebral palsy to better serve the entire family. Offering weeklong stays, the hospital offers physical thera...

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Emily Dean

18 February 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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For those who have experienced sexual assault, art therapy is being used for recovery, empowerment, and self-expression. Two organizations, Art Against Assault and CounterAct, are striving to use an arts-based approac...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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Sara Abbott

12 February 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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To help veterans struggling to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder, the Phoenix VA Health Care System has started using sports and outdoor recreation as a means of therapy. Although it does not replace medications...

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Joan van Dyk

12 February 2020

Madwaleni, South Africa

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At Madwaleni Hospital's rehabilitation ward in South Africa, medical professionals and physical therapists are using what is known as block therapy to better help individuals who are living with a disability. Rather t...

Equal Times

Louis Seiller

20 January 2020

Mitrovica, Kosovo

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Music can bridge cultural divides. The Mitrovica Rock School in Mitroviva, Kosovo, encourages young musicians of Albanian and Serbian backgrounds to create music together. The culturally “mixed” bands play across Koso...

Equal Times

Evelyn Lirri

8 January 2020

Uganda

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Animal-assisted therapy offers benefits to those suffering from trauma. In Uganda, the Comfort Dog Project pairs victims of the country's decades-long civil war with companion animals. The dogs help victims, many of w...

The National

Priti Salian

7 January 2020

Duisburg, Germany

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Connecting with art enriches the lives of patients struggling with dementia and Alzheimers. Across Germany, several programs are using art to stimulate the minds of an aging population. At the Lehmbruck Museum in Duis...

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Lidija Pisker

7 January 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Zdena Šarić, known as the mother of encaustic painting in Bosnia, began melting wax and applying it to surfaces such as paper, canvas, and wood to help with her own depression. She has since used social media, local m...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

3 January 2020

Hindman, Kentucky, United States

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To help those struggling with opioid addictions, an apprentice program in Kentucky uses art and music taught by local artisans to provide participants with a path forward. After learning various skills as part of the ...

The Guardian

Jonny Weeks

29 December 2019

Bristol, United Kingdom

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The UK is home to an artificial surfing lagoon that aims to help those with disabilities have access to water sports they otherwise may not be able to participate in. Acting as both a physical and mental rehabilitatio...

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