Wellness and the Arts
Tips from a Visual Arts Therapist
Reina Lombardi, lecturer
Self-expression as a means of understanding the self and documenting our collective human experience is evident as far back as archaeologists can date. Every year, we learn more about the creative and expressive practices of the people who lived here thousands of years before us through the unearthing of historic artifacts. The impulse to make art can be observed in young children of all cultures, regardless of access to modern art media; even a stick and sand offer sufficient tools for mark-making. Art-making is endemic to all of humanity; thus, it comes as no surprise that it functions as a means of holistic medicine and wellness.
Art therapists use the inherently healing properties of creativity, imagery and expression to facilitate a greater awareness and understanding of the relationship their clients have with themselves and others, as well as fostering healthy and adaptive coping skills for navigating the stressors of modern life. This lecture includes research on the health benefits of the arts therapies, including those experienced by viewing and engaging with art created by others, as the healing benefits are not limited solely to the creator.
This presentation is part of the Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning Wellness and the Arts series.