(April 13, 2015) Positive Art News stories include scientific evidence about how art combats illness by increasing levels of cytokines, an arts in medicine summer program in Florida that teaches art and healing, an exhibition of prints that emphasizes activism and advocacy in Ohio, a new book to help emerging artists navigate the business of art, and more.
More Scientific Evidence that Proves Art Provides Health Cures
In a recent article on www.telegraph.co.uk psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner, of California University in Berkeley, said: “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests the things we do to experience these emotions – a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.” Medical experts inform us that cytokines are chemicals necessary for helping the body fight infection, disease and trauma. They are also linked to preventing disorders like type-2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s. Read more.
Arts in Medicine Summer Program Includes Art and Healing Workshops
We learned about the 14th Annual Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive thanks to Mary Lou Dauray, one of the artists in our Artists Directory. This two week program at the University of Florida will take place July 6-17, 2015. It is designed to meet the needs of students and professionals at all levels of experience. The comprehensive training program is for artists, caregivers, administrators, students, educators, and others who wish to explore the roles of the arts in healthcare fields and settings. Participants may choose workshops in the history, philosophy and physiology of art and healing, and experiential workshops in the visual arts, music, dance, theater and writing. They may also learn about compassion, fatigue and self-care, facilitating the arts at the bedside, arts in healthcare program implementation and so much more. Learn more.
Activism and Advocacy Are Alive in Ohio
“Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now” is an exhibition that offers a glimpse of the multitude of prints produced in the last two and a half decades that depict images of many themes including: political and social upheaval, feminism, ecology and AIDS. While some artists, such as Julia Wachtel and Annette Lemieux, use printmaking to comment on contemporary political events, others, like Lesley Dill and Louise Bourgeois, use the medium to express personal, feminist concerns. The exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art is on view now through July 26, 2015 in its Smith Exhibition Gallery. Learn more.
“Time, Space and Existence”
100 Artists from over 50 countries have been asked to submit work resulting from his/her subjective, personal reflection on the concepts of “Time, Space and Existence” for this exhibition at the European Cultural Centre. “Personal Structures – Crossing Borders” runs in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, from May 9- November 22, 2015. The exhibition will present an extensive “cross section” of today’s art including such artists as Carl Andre (USA), Daniel Buren (FRA), Katrin Fridriks (ISL), Joseph Kosuth (USA), Yoko Ono (JAP), among others.
New Book Offers Advice to Emerging Artists
In the book “Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life” published by Phaidon, 36 ‘tutors’ provide unique lessons to provoke, inspire and stimulate emerging artists. The contributors draw on their extensive experience in the contemporary art world, to share stories and identify the crucial things they wish they’d known earlier in their art careers — from practical art-making solutions to managing professional relationships. Wangechi Mutu offers advice to artists who find excuses not to make art. “I think that art can be made with virtually anything, so I don’t believe you have to be in a particular kind of economy, cultural context, or a unique space, or have specific items available with which to make art. People who are creative can make art wherever they are.” Learn more.