Why do we practice the Creative Arts?

Artistic self-expression has been used therapeutically for almost 100 years.  Art such as painting, sculpting, and drawing can help maintain focus and decrease anxiety, similar to the benefits of practicing meditation.  Physical pain is also significantly affected by practicing creative arts, creating a better quality of life for cancer survivors. 

At Ann's Place, we offer a number of Creative Arts programs.  Nancy Chapman, a graphic artist from Norwalk, leads clients in Open Art Studio time and various mediums such as watercolors, collage, pen and ink, and pencil drawings.  Last year, she brought art and nature together and led one of her classes at Weir Farm in Ridgefield.

I... found that as time went on, I trusted that the words that were coming out were healing me in a way that I couldn’t heal myself... It’s making the whole experience of dealing with cancer as good as it can be. I’m learning so much about the good side of life and actually think that I’m in a better place emotionally than I’ve ever been.
— -from an article published by the Mesothelioma Center

In addition to Nancy's art classes, Ann's Place offers writing programs, Family Art Days, a weekly knitting group, quilting classes, and guest instructors.  A chapbook of poetry and short prose, "Tapestry of Hope", was written by our clients and published in 2005.

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