ARTbreak: The Art of Healing – Using Art Therapeutically
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Art is a powerful tool for self-expression, self-reflection, communication, stress reduction, and healing. Gay Walker is an artist, art therapist, and retired Professor and Coordinator of Holistic Health and Wellness at Western Michigan University, where she taught classes in expressive arts, illness and end of life, and holistic methods. Walker has also worked as a faculty member at the KIA and as an art therapist in hospice settings. At this ARTbreak, she will co-present with Jim Carter, a KIA docent, photographer, and retired Internal Medicine Physician from Kalamazoo. Both have extensive experience in using art as a healing modality and have exhibited their work.
Carter will discuss the science in stress reduction using art and the proven benefits of art in healing, while Walker will share images and examples of art therapy.