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Are You Sure Affordability Is Really the Issue in Higher Ed?

Dr. James Michael Nolan | Posted 10.09.2012 | College
Dr. James Michael Nolan

"Everybody has won, and all must have prizes!" the Dodo from Alice in Wonderland proclaimed. Except it is just not working out that way in the USA these days, if the "prize" is a "good job" in one's field of academic study.

Belly Dancing and Laughter: How to Add Years to Your Life - or Life to Your Year

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 08.27.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

I looked around the room at my friends, each straining to make circular motions with their less-than-flexible hips while trying to keep their heads still, and tried (unsuccessfully) to stifle a giggle.

How Art Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Here's an obvious observation: Doing art -- whether music, painting, writing, dance, whatever -- can contribute immeasurably to psychological well-being.

Art Helps People Live With Mental Illness

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Being with so many like-minded people and having a sense of camaraderie are clearly important dimensions of the experience for these artists. It's being in a place without stigma, where people believe in themselves and their abilities.

One Mom's Journey to Hope for Her Son with Autism

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 07.07.2012 | Parents
Patricia Crisafulli

McNary's son was given a prognosis so dire it left little room for hope. She captured her fear and worry in a large tableau. "That painting was never meant to be displayed. It's too raw," she said.

The Healing Power of Performing Arts

Dr. Jingduan Yang | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jingduan Yang

In order to promote good health and natural healing, you might want to take some time to go to performances with soothing and beautiful music and colors.

Watch Kate Middleton Make Art!

Posted 02.21.2012 | Arts

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, expressed her creative side today during a visit to the Art Room, a charity organization which practices art...

Connecting With Alzheimer's Patients -- Even in the Latest Stages of the Disease

Marie Marley | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

There are four activities that can typically reach persons at all stages of Alzheimer's disease. Being visited by a child is one of them, as young Max discovered. Others include having a visit from a pet, listening to or playing music and observing or creating artwork.

Can Art Scientifically Help Traumatized Soldiers?

Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts

Making art has been a longtime coping mechanism for pain, depression and heartbreak, but now art therapy may finally gain scientific validation as a c...

The Cat That Became My Father and How It Healed Me

Katherine Dunn | Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts
Katherine Dunn

2011-10-27-imagepull.jpgWhile in the thick of grieving my father's death, I found my art making process of working intuitively -- without boundaries, patterns or sketches to dictate to me -- both a comfort and an eye opener.

Art for Life's Sake

John M. Eger | Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

As we learn more about longevity and the important role the arts play in our lives, we are increasingly finding the arts make us live longer.

The Art of Healing Our Wounded U.S. Veterans

2morrowknight | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
2morrowknight

2011-09-28-Screenshot20110928at5.16.07PM.jpg Russell Simmons once said, "Art allows people a way to dream their way out of their struggle.

Craft It Out

Deborah Lynn, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2011 | Parents
Deborah Lynn, M.D.

Creating, crafting something that comes from our own hands, ignites creation within, defeating the self-attack that is grabbing hold. Something Prozac and Celexa just can't do.

10 Emerging Artists To Watch

Posted 08.16.2011 | Arts

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is considered one of the top three graduate arts programs in the country and offers a Master of Fine...

Art Exhibit Offers 'Urban Therapy' For Over-Stimulated NYers

AP | CRISTIAN SALAZAR | Posted 08.03.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Noise never sleeps in the city. Streets are choked with vehicles that produce a near constant din of rumbling engines. Parks are ofte...

Art: Healing Us Through The Trauma Of War

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Si does not believe that his art has diminished his trauma. He believes it has sustained him, helped to keep him alive.

Using Your Hands To Lift Your Heart

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

As a mother facing a grim cancer prognosis and a year of treatment, my brain was on constant code red. Until I learned that the answer was not in my head but in my hands.

Art Therapy: Art Displayed In New Children's Hospital Made By Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Art is not only creative, but also a therapeutic process. When the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital opened earlier this year in Grand Rapids, Michi...

After Earthquake, Children's Resilience Revealed in Play

Sarah Ryley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Ryley

These children, most living in rooms and tents on the campus of Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti, don't seem like they had just six months ago witnessed the world crash down around them.

CMBM's Drawing Exercise Resonates in Haiti

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

Originally posted on my blog, www.jamesgordonmd.com/healingourselves We move during the rest of our week in Haiti from one group of health profession...

Healing Kids in Haiti Pt. 2

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

We talk in today's workshop with Haitian kids at the hospital, do drawings, and talk more about what they've drawn. My French is emerging from the cav...

Art Therapy for Alzheimer's: "I Remember Better When I Paint"

Rosalia Gitau | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rosalia Gitau

The myth about Alzheimer's is that it is a veritable death sentence. But as the filmmakers demonstrate, the creative arts can reunite even a late stage Alzheimer's sufferer with parts of his/her former self.

Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws NYC From Memory

Huffington Post | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Stephen Wiltshire was mute when he was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three. He began communicating through his drawings after being sent ...

Artist Tim Burke Recycles Detroit History, And Rescues Himself (PHOTOS)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Diane Tucker

Detroiter Tim Burke calls himself an artist, a scavenger, and a non-practicing alcoholic. Devoted to the reuse of refuse, the 40-something sculptor us...

Dear President-Elect Obama, Could We Please Have a Ministry of Culture like Every Other Country in the World?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Norris

We need to invest in multi-dimensional human beings. We need to show that the country cares about culture.