Art in Nature: Armenia Tree Project

Art intersects with the environment in many ways. Art can draw attention to environmental causes, as it does with social justice causes. Art installations can become part of an environment or affect an environment. Some environmental artists work with natural materials or objects in the environment. And some artists’ work directly preserves the environment. YouContinue reading “Art in Nature: Armenia Tree Project”

Resources for Healing

In our past month focusing on Arts and Health, and especially in our conversation with Dr. Vivien Marcow Speiser and Dr. Phillip Speiser, several resources came up in research and conversation. For more information on this important topic, visit the links below. American Art Therapy Associationhttps://arttherapy.org American Dance Therapy Associationhttps://www.adta.org American Music Therapy Association, DefinitionContinue reading “Resources for Healing”

Musician, Heal Thyself

An old proverb suggests that physicians should take time to heal themselves before attending to patients. When it comes to the therapeutic benefits of the arts, many doctors and other medical professionals are following this advice too. At Harvard Medical School, the Arts and Humanities Initiative attracts participants from nearly every hospital affiliate, every medicalContinue reading “Musician, Heal Thyself”

Arts Therapy and Veterans

With over 1,200 health care facilities employing tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and administrators, the Department of Veterans Affairs operates the country’s largest health care system and provides direct care to millions of veterans. Here in the Boston area, the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, founded in Bedford in 1928, providesContinue reading “Arts Therapy and Veterans”

An Arts & Health Discussion and Experience

After a long week (and a long year!) join us on Friday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m. for a discussion of arts and health with distinguished experts in the field. Dr. Vivien Marcow Speiser and Dr. Phillip Speiser will speak about their history and work in arts therapy, arts and health, and arts education. They’llContinue reading “An Arts & Health Discussion and Experience”

Celebrating Artist Activists of Color

Our final feature in this month dedicated to Arts and Social Justice highlights the work of a collaborative grant program that supports and promotes the work of artists of color. In 2019, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) became re-granting partners selected by theContinue reading “Celebrating Artist Activists of Color”

Arts and Pride

Continuing to highlight organizations that use the arts to advance social justice, we feature a program that showcases LGBTQ+ artists and authors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Boston Pride, the nonprofit organization that produces the annual parade, festival, and other events to celebrate Greater Boston’s LGBTQ+ community. Boston Pride’s mission is to “produceContinue reading “Arts and Pride”

Prison Arts Outreach

Continuing to highlight organizations that use the arts to advance social justice, we now feature a program at Boston College that serves incarcerated women. At Boston College, the Prison Arts Outreach program has joined arts and social justice since 2008. Associate Professor Crystal Tiala, a scenic designer in the Theater Department, created the program andContinue reading “Prison Arts Outreach”