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Just Around the Corner: A Cleveland Re-Discovery

Upon meeting, one of the first things people ask you is where you’re from. Growing up in Akron, I have known Cleveland as my neighbor my whole life. When I was much younger I dreamed about living in places like New York City and Los Angeles. From my younger perspective, these were the places where people went to be successful artists. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the things right under your nose.

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Music Can Re-Wire the Brain and Facilitate Healing (by Guest Blogger Carol Shively Mizes)

I have personally been able to see the results of the benefits of neurological music techniques, properly applied in rehabilitation with people who suffered brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord injuries. It has truly been a rewarding experience to watch patients here at MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, recover and live a full and productive life once again.

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Not Going Back to School This Fall

On May 11th of this year I graduated from college.  I had heard from past graduates that the transition from college to full-time work could be a difficult one.  I am realizing this more and more as summer comes to an end.  I was fortunate enough to have discovered CPAC at a job fair last fall.  I soon applied for a spring internship which became a position I continued in for the summer, and recently became a position I will continue in for the next year.  

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Building Momentum, Step by Step

At a recent family event, I was watching my now 15-month old nephew explore the world around him. It had been over 6 months since I saw him last and I was astonished by how much he had changed in just a short time. He was walking, running, climbing (against his mother’s will), and exploring almost everything. The simplest things kept him intrigued for the longest time. It was hard not to smile at his contagious grin as he mastered...

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Show Us, Don't Tell Us (By Guest Blogger Arabella Proffer)

Studying anatomy was never something that I took seriously or practiced much in art school, which is strange, considering my new fascination is with detailed and gorgeous medical illustrations of the 17th and 18th centuries. They reveal what fragile beings we truly are, and yet the macabre and gruesome nature of the subject is surrounded by baroque columns and fussy drapery worthy of an aristocratic country house. Although they might be gorgeous, these illustrations were meant only for an elite set of physicians, not the patient. Today, technology has made it easier for patients to have a doctor show them what is happening, not just tell them. This is especially helpful for someone like myself, who thinks in pictures, not words.

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Categories: Artists, arts, artsandhealth, connect, health | comments

Declaring Our Independence from the Bad Presentation

A few years back, I made a presentation to a group of about 60 students from a professional practices class at one of our area universities. I had been asked to talk about CPAC and the resources available to individual artists in our community. It was an after-hours presentation, and as I know the topic so well, I didn’t invest a lot of time preparing for it. As the saying goes, you get out what you put in, and not surprisingly the presentation was a total bomb. There were students sleeping in the room and the overall engagement with me as a presenter was abysmal. I left feeling resentful…I had after all spent my personal time to make this presentation, the least they could have done was pay attention.

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Moving Toward Life (By Guest Blogger Tracey Dwyer)

spontaneous remission n “complete recovery...inexplicable by medical means.” Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (c) 2005, Elsevier. 

Artists and scientists both seek pathways that lead to the heart of exploration.  The search begs questions like, “how can I make the impossible, possible?” We often make our own best guinea pigs in our attempts to answer such questions.  I had the opportunity to offer myself up to self-experiment when I received breast cancer diagnosis.  I endeavored to dedicate my life to explore my ideas about the power of consciousness over cell regeneration, and the effectiveness of creative process as a tool for transformation.

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Making the wrong argument to the wrong people

Working at a research organization is strange for me because I’ve always felt most at ease when I’m doing. I want to design and create, to be at the event, to write the content, not analyzing participation and setting strategic plan metrics.  If it’s good content and the right people benefit, we’ve done our job right? Arts and culture changes lives. We know it inherently.

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Synergies Are Created Through Collaborations (by Guest Blogger Ed Gallagher, Beck Center for the Arts)

With all of the discussion surrounding the intersection of the arts and health I have to admit that I feel like for the last 20 years I have been living in the corner house where those streets come together.  From where I sit, our arts community is at the top when it comes to quality, effective, and innovative programming that affect the health and wellness of our residents.

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Categories: Artists, arts, Arts Education, artsandhealth, Best Practices, collaboration, connect, cross-sector, Education, health, Music | comments