Art-making, art-taking, and art-giving. These are ways to creative wellness; when we are present in the moment, engaged in the experience of creating, experiencing what is created, and sharing creative experience.
At the heart is art-giving, creating and connecting for the greater good. It is something creative, self-actualized or acquired, that is enlivened by sharing to uplift and help others. In a communal experience, it is our singular creativity combining with the beauty and diversity of other people to make a unique work of art. Together, our true colors shine brightly. Our shared creative rhythms are the vibrations that celebrate life. We make and take art in life every day. When we give art, to Self and others, it can express love in ways that strengthen and heal. Art given can care for a need or desire, show how and what we feel. Love is the gift at the heart of art.
From my heart, I want to thank all the Art HOPE program participants, community partners, artists, educators, and volunteers who have shared their creative gifts to make our small organization a vital art and healing resource in Southern Maine. Art HOPE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting creative wellness through free expressive arts programs for people living with cancer or longterm illness and the community at large. In 2018 we will be sharing creativity in new ways, locally and nationally, on our website, www.arthope.org. We will begin to publish our experiential creative wellness curriculums for individuals and groups with the imprint Art HOPE Press. They will be offered for free download or a suggested donation. The creative format is based on original themes presented in a new book I’ve written, Art HOPE The Way To Creative Wellness. Buy the book to learn more and support this nonprofit work. Give the gift of creative wellness, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Art HOPE using the PayPal button or by sending a contribution to our address.
Feel the love. In this season of gratitude, art-giving is a gift that gives back. Thank you for supporting Art HOPE.