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This past Monday, March 16th I hosted my fourth Arts On Air program on WPKN. (You can check out past episodes at artnhv.com/on-air)

This episode (you can stream it here) dealt with Art as Therapy.  In the course of discussion came to mean Art as a means of personal transformation, communication and healing.

My guests described the process of witnessing healing and release in those who participated in art therapies.

Evie Lindeman, Clinical Coordinator/Associate Professor Master of Arts in the Art Therapy Program at Albertus Magnus College described work done with Army veterans, who could talk through art-making when they couldn’t with words. You also see a video I made of Evie answering the question “Why Is Art Healing?”

Evie is also a Practitioner and Trainer of MARI: Mandala Assessment Research Instrument. MARI is a comprehensive system that uses symbols, known as mandalas, to reveal the inner truth and reality of a person. You can learn more about that here, and even take an intensive class with Evie to become a certified practitioner.

Janice Baker, Coordinator, The Arts for Healing Program at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital described the many art therapies that have empowered patients and their families.

Right now, there’s a healing art project happening with the Arts For Healing Program that you can be a part of, called Bot Buddies. You can check out more info on that here.

Debbie Hesse, Director of Artistic Services & Programs at the Arts Council was on hand to talk about two exhibits The Arts Council produced on the subject, Artist. Art Therapist (which also included a blog with resources) and Planet Hospital, a collaboration with the Arts For Healing Program.

Judy Engel, Music Therapist at the Arts for Healing Program described her work in the neonatal unit, where she adapts her playing to interact with the states of mind, sleep, heart rate, breathing, etc. of the children as displayed in their monitors. She said she can affect their responses in real-time through her music.

It was a fascinating conversation.

–Matt Reiniger