Arts & Health: Are these connected? They should be! Partnerships and collaborations between healthcare and the arts fields are an obvious path, if you’ve read the research on what arts involvement can do to one’s brain. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of sponsored medical research being done on art, dance, and music, so it’s hard to find sweeping quantitative results in favor of the alliance. But more and more studies are showing that participation in the arts improves everything from speech to math skills to communication, and more.
This blog will explore the possibilities of the arts to address emotional well-being, quality of life, cognitive functioning, motor skills, and social interactions for everyone. You’ll hear from art therapists working in trauma to dance therapists helping children with autism to music therapists working in elder care. We’ll explore programs happening right here in Maine, like Listen Up! and the iPod programs, Creative Trails and the ArtVan; and explain how to access these programs as well as use arts tools at home. As always, get in touch with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org