Monday, August 29, 2011

The Power of Expressive Arts -- Drama Therapy

NORMAL is a nonprofit organization that educates about the therapeutic impact of the arts in the learning and healing processes.  For the five years we have been educating in schools with award-winning arts programs, we have seen the positive impact the arts have in both the educational and medical environments.  As a master's level trained performer, I have also seen the benefits of arts-based initiatives in an array of personal, educational and medical settings, as well.  In a May 2011 report issued by The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) entitled, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools, reveal that "the process of making art -- whether it is written performed, sculpted, photographed, filmed, danced, or painted -- prepares children for success in the workforce not simply as artists, but all professions."*
This series educates about the array of expressive arts that are useful, specifically, in the healing process from eating disorders and other addiction programs.  According to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music and writing to foster deep personal growth and community development.*
The focus of this post is drama therapy...finish reading

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