Sunday, July 28, 2013

THE VALUE OF ART IN HEALING

NewTown Reaches for the Arts in Their Search for Healing(click)


Newton Uses Art for Healing                                        from google image for educational purposes only



It has been long known that the arts are powerful healers.
As far back as ancient Greeks music and art were used in healing, as well as positive thought, in Asclepion's (hospitals). During the time I lived in Turkey I visited the ruins of an Asclepion in Bergama. It was fascinating to hear how the sound of water, music, art and positive words were used to heal those with physical and mental conditions. I walked down a stone tunnel that had portals cut above and there the doctors would call out positive words for their patients below! I was so enamored that what I deemed as progressive medical thought was born centuries ago.
NewTown, Connecticut experienced one of the worst acts of violence this country has known with the murder of 20 young children and 6 adults.  A mentally deranged young man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and proceeded to massacre innocent young children and their teachers in a senseless act of violence.  The parents, families and community have continued to struggle to with this loss in the aftermath of the shootings.  The community has reached out to the arts for healing and it seems to be working.  Comments from a community post are listed below.



"Every day we see individuals come into our Healing NewTown arts space to gather, reflect, share and look for support," said Jennifer Johnston, a lifelong NewTown resident and chairwoman of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. "We are really seeing signs of growth in these children through the artwork they have been creating. Each project is unique and helpful to them."



"Every day we see individuals come into our Healing NewTown arts space to gather, reflect, share and look for support," said Jennifer Johnston, a lifelong Newtown resident and chairwoman of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. "We are really seeing signs of growth in these children through the artwork they have been creating. Each project is unique and helpful to them."



"There is real healing when the community comes together," said Jennifer Rogers, NCAC's vice-chairman and a member of the Healing Newtown team. "The arts help you process your emotions when you can't talk about it, when it's just too hard to say what's on your mind."
Comments posted by  Katie O'Conner in News Around Town, NewTown, Connecticut

Art lets us express our feelings in a way that words cannot. We can communicate complex feelings that escape us in our conscious  mind.   


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