Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April is #ArtBreakMonth

From http://artismoving.org/benefitsofart/

April is #ArtBreakMonth

The Benefits of Art

So, why should you reserve time each day to take an art break? How does a decrease in your stress level sound? Or, what about an enhanced memory? How about an enhanced mood?

Let’s all use art to have a conversation with ourselves to better know ourselves. Let’s become better, connect more, and make the world a better place.

Take an Art Break and see what happens. And, don’t just take our word for it. We’ve collected a list of studies about art that have proven that it does so much for us as individuals and as a community. Check it out!

Decreases Stress Levels

A study from the University of Westminster found that participants’ stress levels decreased after a lunchtime visit to an art gallery.

Adults may experience a measurable reduction in their cortisol levels (“stress hormone”) after a 45-minute art making session.

Enhances your Memory

Drawing enhances memory. According to research by Jeffrey Wammes and his team at the University of Waterloo in Canada, drawing may be the most reliable way to enhance memory. 

Enhances your Mood

Drawing can be a way to distract yourself from a current, negative emotion and after 15 minutes improve your mood.

Helps you Conquer Your Fears

A study showed that writing down your fears gets you one step closer to getting passed that fear.

Helps you Understand Yourself

Museum visitors make use of exhibitions to better define and understand themselves.

Improves Health

“In recent years, research has found that it [expressive writing] improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis; helps with recovery from childhood sexual abuse and postpartum depression; and improves the state of mind in those with Parkinson’s, cancer and many other health conditions.”

Process Emotions

Keeping a journal helps you work through your emotions.

Provides a Transcendent Experience

Museums create a space for a numinous (deep engagement or transcendence, empathy, and awe or reverence) experience.

Provides a Meditative Experience

Looking at contemplative buildings creates a state of peacefulness and relaxation, lessening of mind wandering, increasing of attention, and deepening of experience. 

"Rainbow Sparkle" by Susan Schanerman

1 comment:

Art is Moving said...

Hi Susan! Go you. We're so happy you have joined us for this year's Art Break Month.