Healing Arts Programming
By providing carefully designed activities facilitated by professional artists, we endeavor to lessen the feelings of anxiety and increase the participant’s ability to deal with stressful life issues and, in turn, reduce the recurrence of illness.
Programming facilitated by The Healing Arts includes, but is not limited to:
- Art Cart activities - a fully supplied cart, offering a choice of interactive therapeutic art activities for patients and caregivers in a limited space environment. The mobile art carts contain art supplies to allow patients to use the power of art to express themselves in a therapeutic manner at any time.
- Artist-in-residence programs - incorporate movement performances and interactive movement sessions at different outreach sites
- Interactive visual art activities - guided by professional artists and designed to accommodate small groups or individual participant needs
- Dance/movement therapy classes - geared toward rehab patients and participants with disabilities
- Professional musicians performing - at patient’s bedside or in group settings in common areas
- Guided literary arts activities - for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers
- Publication of This Threshold: Writings on the End of Life - a collection of writings (by patients, caregivers and loved ones), used as a resource for patients and their families.
- Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Medicine - a literary program facilitated by The Healing Arts, through a collaboration with Converse College and Humanities Council SC, focusing on the “self care” of healthcare providers.
- Sponsored galleries - host rotating exhibits of artwork created by professional artists, local art students and Community Healing Arts Program participants.
Activities sponsored in part by grant funds received through Spartanburg Regional Foundation and Spartanburg County Medical Alliance Society, as well as partnerships with VSA Arts of South Carolina and the Charles Lea Center Foundation.