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MintPress News

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 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...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

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...

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...

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 ...

Next City

Emily Nonko

11 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Performance art provides a healing outlet for formerly incarcerated individuals. In New York City, the Ritual4Return program encourages participants to express the transition in their lives through art. Using an artis...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Gwynne Watkins

7 November 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Past and present traumas can make it difficult for new mothers to bond with their babies. A program at Carnegie Hall uses songwriting and music to support mothers in this process in prisons, intensive care units, high...

Yes! Magazine

Jay Walljasper

5 November 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Building resilience and self-care into daily life promotes long-term wellbeing. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Catalyst Initiative works to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of underserved groups by promoting...

CityLab

Rebecca Bellan

22 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2015, Project Reset has diverted potential criminal cases to programs that change behaviors without imposing punishment or staining people's records with criminal convictions. Art classes, behavioral therapy, an...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

8 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Producing art restores dignity and a sense of purpose to victims of violence who suffer from disability and chronic pain. In New York City, the Open Doors collective empowers patients at hospitals like the Coler Speci...

Yes! Magazine

Jonita Davis

6 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Communal healing represents reparations in action. The Chicago Torture Justice Center, created in 2015 through a Chicago City Council reparations ordinance, advocates for wrongfully imprisoned Black men, as well as fo...

Tenderly

Michele C. Hollow

19 August 2019

New York, United States

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Martin Agee, an accomplished violinist who has performed at Lincoln Center and on Broadway, volunteers for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and got an idea when he saw how reading to dogs ...

Apolitical

Megan Clement

6 August 2019

Bronx, New York, United States

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When paired with evidence-based intervention methods, hip hop therapy is gaining ground as a means of increasing the odds that the intervention will work. Although further studies are needed to prove the effectiveness...

Design Week

Sarah Dawood

23 July 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Environments designed with soundscapes and visual art help to reduce anxiety and pain. In London, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has noted a marked improvement in patient experience, including decreased pain and eve...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

19 July 2019

El Paso, Texas, United States

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Art therapy allows minors in detention to cope with stress and trauma. In “Uncaged Art: Tronillo Children’s Detention Camp,” an art exhibition housed at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the Unive...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

28 June 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Collaborative efforts targeting adult-peer mentoring in Kansas City, Missouri have resulted in less crime and increased trust among participants. Focusing on high-risk teens and young adults, the program known as Teen...

Civic Ideas

Stephanie Sugars

5 June 2019

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bringing people of different ethnic backgrounds together to create art and express themselves helps war-torn societies cope and grow. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Most Mira program helps people touched by the horrors of...

The Washington Post

Laura Meckler

15 May 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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To combat emotional distress that many students are facing, schools across the nation are implementing mock funerals, allowing students to figuratively "bury their pain." Although issues at focus range from drunk driv...

NationSwell

Lisa Lewis

30 April 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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“Yes, and,” encourages resilience. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program offers injured service members and their caretakers the option of attending improv workshops as part of rehabilitation. Improv helps build socia...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

31 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Art encourages resilience by helping kids in difficult neighborhoods cope with trauma. In the neighborhood of Fairhill, in Philadelphia, Taller Tuertorriqueño, a community arts center, offers art workshops and program...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

2 March 2019

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

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An orchestra created by and for musicians with mental health struggles is working to create a safe space for individuals to create music and form support networks. The orchestra accepts everyone and is meant to be an ...

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