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8 Amazing Coloring Books For Adults to Challenge the Artist in You

Elena Prokopets | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Elena Prokopets

Why all of this fuss over coloring books? Turns out, there are some amazing benefits that are now being validated by actual research on adult coloring.

The New 'Art Therapy App' Turned My iPhone Into A Coloring Book

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts

When looking to de-stress and unleash whatever creative urges are bottled up inside, I don't usually turn to my iPhone for help. How naive I've b...

If You're Struggling With Your Child At Bedtime, the Bedtime Pass Can Help

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 11.13.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Prueher

You may have heard of the "bedtime pass," an innovative idea that is helping many children ages 3 to 10 years old (and their parents) who struggle with bedtime. The idea is simple: at bedtime, you give your child a notecard (i.e., bedtime pass), and he or she can come out of their bedroom to see mom or dad one time after they are tucked into bed for the night.

PTSD: The Illness I Couldn't See

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Oestreicher

PTSD has not broken me. It's taken me apart, and I'm reassembling myself day by day. In the meantime, I'm learning to love what I can build.

Our Children Can't Learn Because They're Terrified

Alicia Nunn | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Alicia Nunn

Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their highest potential. It may seem like the fat cats sitting on top of the world's wealth are not affected, but look at the state of our world. Violence is reaching into everyone's backyard.

When A Local Women's Shelter Takes Over An Art Gallery, Beautiful Things Happen

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts

Each Wednesday evening, around 6:30 p.m., an unlikely group of artists congregate in the activity room downstairs at the Anne Douglas Center for Wome...

Art Therapy Is More Than Just Making Nice Pictures

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts

Anyone who has ever put pen to paper, crayon to coloring book, or hand to wet clay knows the healing powers embedded in such creative endeavors....

Coloring Is a Great Relaxation Tool for Kids and Adults Alike

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Ingrid Prueher

When you aren't well-rested, nothing feels right. Without the energy and sense of calm that result from a good night's sleep, it's hard for kids and adults to be focused and productive. You may feel edgy and even grumpy. Art therapy -- or, simply, coloring -- can help.

Using Art to Rebuild Home for Former Street Kids in Nepal

Juliet Linley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Juliet Linley

Nepal Day is approaching fast at the after-school art and creativity center aptly named Press Play in the Dutch city of Haarlem. And a dozen kids are eagerly creating their own miniature construction projects of a home far away, yet close to their hearts.

How To Feel New, Now

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts

"Take several breaths, very slowly. In, and out. If you're laying down, get in touch with the surface you're laying on. Feel the support of your body...

Artists With Disabilities Explore The Far-Reaching Potential Of Visual Expression

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts

Have you heard of Creative Growth? The Oakland institution offers a professional studio space where adult artists with developmental, mental and phys...

How A Prison Art Program Is Promoting Self-Reflection In Incarcerated Men

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.27.2015 | Arts

When Laura Pecenco and Kathleen Mitchell began giving art lessons to the men incarcerated at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Southern Cal...

Seeds of Hope are Sprouting in Ferguson

Carol Swartout Klein | Posted 07.28.2015 | Good News
Carol Swartout Klein

"They Thought They Could Bury Us...They Didn't Know We Were Seeds." The phrase has come to represent the viewpoint of those marginalized around the globe. In Ferguson, as the community works toward healing, it has come to have different meanings.

Creativity, a Pathway to Hope

New Harbinger | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

"What are you going to do when he is gone?" I don't think my beloved girlfriend expects an answer. Her question floats out on a sigh of concern as ...

The Fabric of Healthy Communities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project honors people around the world who are helping their communities address some of their most basic needs. From a women-run business in Nigeria, to school gardens in Tanzania and Uganda, and a creative rebuilding effort in Gaza, Palestine, these grantees are showing us how small local initiatives really do make a difference.

Arts Action Heroes to the Rescue!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

While they differ vastly from one another, there is one common strength I have observed: the arts have made a profound impact on the health of each community.

Priscilla Frank

How Art Can Help Doctors Study The Personal Aspects Of Disease | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts

Meyer's unorthodox merging of art and medicine proves that art therapy isn't only helpful for patients, but doctors as well.

After Earthquake, Kids In Nepal Heal Through Art

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

A group is providing some comfort to kids in Nepal through art therapy. Following the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal last month, the s...

Priscilla Frank

How Art Therapy Can Help Children Facing Mental And Emotional Challenges | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts

May 7 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the many children, youth, and young adults throughou...

Priscilla Frank

Why The Best Painting At The Guggenheim This Summer Was Made By A Third Grader | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts

Modern Western education traditionally emphasizes two skills: the ability to process text and numbers. The importance of images, however, is often...

Maddie Crum

Arts Group Boldly Confronts Segregation In Selma | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts

Earlier this year, a spotlight shined on Selma, Alabama, in remembrance of the civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was brutally interr...

How Art Can Help You Sharpen Your Mind

Posted 03.02.2015 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Looking at Mindfulness, in which author Christophe Andre explores how viewing art or reading poetry can help achieve ...

A Brief Guide To The Basic Fundamentals Of Art Therapy

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.26.2015 | Arts

The British Association of Art Therapists defines art therapy as "a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication." T...

10 Art Therapy Techniques To Get You Through That Lingering Winter Gloom

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.06.2015 | Arts

This post goes out to all our readers who have just about had it with winter. Whether you've been in hibernation since pre-Winter Storm Juno, watched ...

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.