Prepare yourself for positive news. You will find out about a legally blind artist who has given away $1 million through art sales, an art therapy program that is helping children in Napal, and a study at the Mayo Clinic that proves art improves cognitive functioning.
Altruistic Legally Blind Artist Gives Away $1 Million
Jeff Hanson is an artist who is legally blind from an optic nerve tumor. His visual impairment has not deterred him. In fact, he has developed a unique painting process. According to CBS, “First, he slathers a kind of plastic goop on canvas, front and sides. After it hardens, and gets a coat of flat black, Jeff uses those ridges to feel his way around his painting as he works.” If that doesn’t amaze you there’s more. Jeff earns around $50,000 a year from art sales (after expenses). A couple of years ago he made a vow to give away a million dollars by age 20, through selling his art in charity auctions. He reached his goal with two days to spare. Jeff Hanson is a remarkable young man who makes us feel that anything is possible! Read more.
Art Therapy for Children in Napal After Earthquake
In an article by Kimberly Yam for Huffington Post I learned: “Following the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal last month, the staff from Nepal Children’s Art Museum (CAM) has been working at a child friendly space (CFS) — an area set-up by UNICEF that provides support for children following emergencies — to help kids create art as a form of healing.” To extend its efforts further CAM launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to pay for more art therapy programs to other child friendly spaces in Nepal. Furthermore, at the CFS, the museum staff provides art supplies and toys to the children and participates in creative and educational activities with the kids. Learn more.
Artistic Activity Protects Cognitive Impairment
Chances are you already know art enhances brain function and well-being. Here is another source of evidence that the artistic process proves cognitive functioning improves in elders. A new study from the Mayo Clinic involved 256 people in their mid- to late-80s and determined that decades spent on creative activity are beneficial. It pinpointed various activities “that either predicted cognitive impairment or protected against it” during the final years of life. The behavior that had the greatest protective effect was — you guessed it — “artistic activity,” — namely painting, drawing, and sculpting. So, the message here is begin or continue creating art and you’ll improve healthy brain function now and into your maturity! You may also want to read our article Art Enhances Brain Function.
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