Together is Better: How to make art with new Mainers to build community

Refugee resettlement programs in Maine have created development and investment in communities but has lacked cohesion at times. Urban and rural areas should look for ways to assimilate new Mainers without taking away from their home culture identities- one way to do this is through public and community art. Humans have a fundamental relationship with […]

Dementia & Engagement at the Museum

Museums all over the world (the MoMA, Denver Museum, National Gallery of Australia) are offering special programs for seniors with dementia and caregivers. These range from dementia-only viewing hours of specific pieces of art, to hands-on engagement through art making, tactile experiences with sculpture, to lecture and discussion of shows. Research has shown that creative engagement […]

Frustrated with Parkinson’s? Take a Tango Lesson!

If you’ve never studied dance, you probably aren’t skilled at the demi-plié or the soft shoe, but you can manage the basic movements of walking or cutting a rug at a wedding. You probably also take for granted the fact that you can walk out of your house, forget to check your mailbox, and walk backwards […]

Music Therapy for Processing Emotion in Clients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Steve Martin once said, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” This is especially true when talking about the emotional qualities of music- musicologists, philosophers, and theorists have argued about where the emotion comes from for years- is it in the music? Is it in the listener? Is it in the quarks that lie […]

Acting Out: Role-playing in Drama Therapy

“Yes, the theatre can play an enormous part in the transformation of the whole of existence.” -Vsevolod Meyerhold Psychodrama was created in the 1920s by Dr. J.L. Moreno, who thought people could gain more from acting out their problems than by talking about them. Clients reenact events and act out problems in an efficient way, gaining […]

Finding Oneself in a Circle

A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol of the universe. Monks use mandalas to gain enlightenment, but we can all use this art form as a tool to gain wisdom and compassion. As many art-as-therapies, the mandala allows individuals to openly self-express within a safe structure. The circle represents wholeness and infinity, and represents […]

Good Posture for a Good Mood

Recent research on embodied cognition shows that cognitive states are influenced by the state of the body- this means that your thinking doesn’t just come from your brain, it also comes from your physical experience of the world around you. If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘fake it ’til you make it!’, know that this actually does kind […]

Can Puppets Be Healing?

When I think of puppets, this is the first thing that comes to mind: (also the first thing that comes to mind anytime I hear someone say “phenomenon”) As it turns out, puppets aren’t just for cooking ‘ze stew stew!’ or cracking jokes from the rafters of an opera house. Puppets can play an important […]