A study published by the World Health Organization, which collected data from 900 different publications over a 19-year span, offers important validation for the arts and new solutions for medical professionals.
Is a museum visit just what the doctor ordered? In Montreal, medical professionals can prescribe you a museum visit. There’s also a full-time art therapist on staff.
The Second Lady of the United States has written extensively in support of an agency Donald Trump wants to shut down.
A few years ago, in Sweden, a self-proclaimed “heavy metal addict” was awarded state disability benefits after having his obsession with the band Slayer classified as a handicap. It’s one of the weirder examples of the stigma attached to metal and other “extreme” music genres.
Research has shown that engaging with art is beneficial to people with dementia, and a number of cultural institutions around the US have established therapeutic programs for patients suffering from such chronic diseases.
Art is a powerful sensory experience — looking at a piece of work and thinking through it sharpens concentration, brings back memories, and stirs emotions, as anyone who has experienced Stendhal Syndrome can attest. The Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville, Pennsylvania is taking advantage of these unique qualities of art to treat Alzheimer’s patients, who find they can focus and remember more while discussing works of art.