Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

A happy reminder of Art saving Lives

Too often we get sucked into the craziness of midterms, the worry of finding a job, and the ultimate end of arts and how to avoid and deal with all of these problems. But then there’s stories like these that remind us why we do what we do, and that although you had 300 pages of reading, your goal of becoming an arts administrator will support these dreams.

Art therapy is being further studied and developed. This man explains how painting helped him to survive the hardships in his life. His art reflects what’s going on in his life and how he’s dealt with it. The paintings may be beautiful, but there’s a tinge of uneasiness that comes with looking at them. Isn’t this what art is?


3 comments on “A happy reminder of Art saving Lives

  1. torisharbaugh
    October 24, 2014

    Art, music, and dance therapy are all areas of study that are really starting to emerge. One of my friends from undergrad is now an art student at Drexel University in Philly and focuses on art therapy. I’m curious whether she has heard of Project HOME (I’m sure she has).

    Anyway, before she left for graduate school, I talked to her about art therapy and why she chose that career path. She comes from a theater stage management background, but chose to pursue art because she’s passionate about the life-changing impacts that art can have. She worked on art projects with younger children and found that art was an outlet for true emotional expression.

    I think this article also highlights an important aspect about the arts: truth. Art does not exist to be visually appealing, but to convey a message. That message does not have to be beautiful, but it should be honest.

  2. trishayoung
    October 24, 2014

    I have a friend who has a degree in psychology and is currently applying for a second masters degree in art therapy. She’s interested in it for similar reasons as Tori’s friend. I like how this program helps homeless people find community and reminds home people (?) the possibilities of connections with homeless and that they’re not “other”.

  3. Jenni
    October 25, 2014

    This is really one of the things I love about art. You don’t have to be a professional to create something that has value and can help you connect to personal healing. I love the idea of art therapy and I love how this man is using it to connect with the homeless, a marginalized group of society. It’s cool to see that its boundaries aren’t confined.

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