“Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.”
I’ve always been a believer that art, and other creative work, can help heal the sad or the sick. After reading a recent article about Onsite, the detox centre located above Insite on East Hastings, I’m convinced expression through art can help smooth the healing process.
The Vancouver article touches on Onsite and how it has established a creative writing workshop that helps recovering addicts, homeless and mental health patients tell their stories. This workshop is a type of art therapy that aids the healing process through expression and self-exploration of those who have gone unheard.
Although the program is still going on, in the past, stories and poems written during the creative writing workshop were published in a special issue of Megaphone Magazine, called “Voices on the Street.” Megaphone Magazine is a publication published and sold bi-weekly by the low-income or the homeless.
An article in the Daily Tarheel discusses how a hospital in North Carolina uses art therapy simply to distract their patients from the fact that they’re in the hospital.
“Art changes your mood, it gets your mind off things, it lets you express yourself,” said Katy Heubel, the president of ArtHeels, a North Carolina university group that brings art therapy activities to children in Hospital’s.
- Art therapy offers the sufferer a safe method of self-expression
- You can let your mind wander as visual expressions can help abstract problems take form through random design.
- Talking about your art can help others find a way into your inner world, or the meaning behind the painting, providing insight to your suffering.
- Art is often linked to emotions. If you don’t have a way of verbalizing those emotions, they can be discovered through art.
- Producing art is relaxing to the body and mind. Creative acts like painting, can ease nerves and stifle anger.