Art Heals

Performing arts can be used to improve health and wellness.

Research confirms that the arts enhance coping, thereby reducing patients’ needs for hospital care, pain medication and unnecessary costs. When the performing arts are used in a healthcare setting, patients benefit from decreased levels of depression and situational anxiety.

  • Cancer patients benefit from creative arts therapy, which decreases symptoms of anxiety and depression while increasing their quality of life.
  • Children dealing with serious illnesses or disabilities use the performing arts as a way to communicate their feelings beyond words.
  • Arts are a valuable healing tool in rehabilitating veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other consequences of their service in war zones.

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