WELLNESS AND THE ARTS UNDERPIN ONE ANOTHER.
Most are focused on wellness due to traumatic global experiences, self-experienced traumas, pressures and stressors of life. Prayer, meditation, yoga, rituals are seen as tools to enhance wellness yet when it comes to the arts, a platform that offers a space for self-actualization, creativity, imagination, innovation, self-expression, risk taking, transcendance, and more, it is often dismissed as a feasible means of obtaining and supporting well being.
Yoga, for example, is viewed as an activity that can merge one closer to inner-source and mental stability but the same isn't considered for dance, voice, or music.
I was watching a Ted Talk where a fine arts teacher was educating the audience on the "arts dessert " that was experienced in her county, particularly in the public school systems and community organizations. Someone commented and said, "What does it matter that arts education isn't being offered to the public? Most of these kids are not going to grow up to be famous artists anyway?" Unfortunately, this person shares the sentiment of many and is missing the overarching, intersectional point.
The arts (fine and performing arts) is a tool, a platform, a way, by which an individual can tap into aspect of themselves that will enhance life. The core skills realized within one's journey in the arts, are skills that are 100% translatable and practical in application to everyday life. Below is an extensive pinwheel, developed by Americans for the Arts, noting the arts social impact extending beyond individual health and wellness benefits, to social, cultural, economical and other systemic structures. Click on wheel to learn more.
Behind every state of wellbeing there is balance. How can we aim to teach wellbeing, without offering a means to obtain balance through self-actualizing activities? The arts provides just that, a space for everyone to evolve organically and authentically, leading to a state of inner balance that fosters creation.
Founder and Director