One question, we get asked frequently, is Why do you want to teach the homeless to paint? How is that a basic necessity for them?
“The fact is, that According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness. In comparison, only 6% of Americans are severely mentally ill (National Institute of Mental Health, 2009). ”
Please read the full document hear as one example: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/Mental_Illness.pdf
Aside from biological mental issues that seriously impact a persons capacity to take care of themselves, let’s face it – bad things can happen to anyone and can spiral out of control, rendering that individual incapacitated.
What we provide:
- We are committed to providing free art as meditation plein air or indoor lessons to the homeless/ homeless shelters free of charge, provide meals, and art supplies to work with if none are available. Our methods are rich in positive reinforcement, patience, and reflection. We envibe and encourage each individual to find the peace and beauty within themselves, nature, and their environment as they explore the meditative art via painting in their desired medium.
- Our homeless students will also be eligible to participate in our featured artist page and art exhibitions. If their work is chosen, they will not be charged to exhibit or sell their work.
- Our intent is to not just provide a free service and a meal, but to provide hope, a friend to talk with, an activity that supports wellness, peace, and a positive, renewed outlook for the future.
There is substantial research on the benefits of practicing standard mediation. In typical meditation, one is taught to watch the thoughts enter and pass. When meditating, one can think of thoughts as waves. During meditation, you are taught to watch the thoughts enter your mind like waves, both good and bad thoughts- and you learn to accept these thoughts and brush aside the bad ones.
But what happens when an individual suffers a trauma – such as the loss of a loved one? Or perhaps they are suffering through cancer, autism, mental illness, suicidal ideation, ADHD? And every thought is the thought of the passing of their loved one, some traumatic incident, or a series of obsessive thoughts spiraling out of control?
In these cases , when standard meditation can’t be done (at least at first) art therapy can be utilized as a tool or vehicle to help focus the mind and calm the senses.
Already art therapy research is springing forth positive results for patients suffering a vast array of ailments. For example, in most recent research when using art therapy in comparative groups along with standardized cancer treatments, the group exposed to art therapy not only reduced symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and pain but also increased life expectancy.
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As shown above, modern science is now catching up to what artists and monks have practiced via the arts as meditation.
If your homeless shelter is interested in free lessons in art as meditation or partnership, please contact us at 425-223-2365 or email us here: email us
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