January 17, 2013

"Artful Healing"

                                                                            "Artful Healing" is an exhibit at the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston). It can be seen through February 18, 2013.   

This exhibition features a range of works from participants in the MFA's Artful Healing program, which brings the MFA collection and Museum educators to three partner institutions: 
Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute to improve environments through art-making, promote healing, and inspire hope in patients, families, and staff. “Artful Healing” highlights approximately 40 works, including drawings, photographs, and other 2D media produced by families and individual participants in response to images from the MFA collection.

This program speaks volumes to the soul. I would not be surprised if this young boy was listening to music as he created his art. It should be instituted in all areas of the world, where the need for strength of soul is vital when fighting a serious illness. A beautiful concept put into reality.


  1. Kathleen,
    Wonderful! My art has provided so much "soul" my life and I love that this program does just that. I think art, music and dance all enrich one's lives. I will have to see if we can get to Boston and see this! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. This is wonderful reminder of how inspiring art is in so many ways. When my father was battling cancer, we made many trips to the Cleveland Clinic..the art collection there is vast and it was comforting to walk the halls and pause at some of the pieces and "take them in"...took me "away" for a bit... Music and nature are also great healers.... Have a blessed day Kathleen...

  3. It is amazing how creating can be so healing!

  4. Kathleen,
    What a wonderful place for children to go and express their art work. I think music is also important to us all. Art and music are very calming, and they refresh the soul. I have heard that petting animals is therapeutic too.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  5. Kathleen, Thanks for "stopping by" and for lending your opinion...Greatly appreciate it! :)

  6. Kathleen,
    This is a wonderful program indeed. Creativity is expression of spirit. When it is stifled either by illness or 'lack of time' the soul suffers.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Your Friend,

  7. This is wonderful to see Kathleen...art is so healing in it's ability to make one forget about lifes challenges, even if only for a bit. Just the act of creating gives the joy of overcoming...something a child who's battling an illness desperately needs.
    When my goddaughter was layed up at Children's Hospital in a body cast after a very grueling surgery, two lively young men came in and did art with her...they somehow managed to get her to help them paint a tshirt for her. It was one of the most touching things I'd ever seen, and it really did bring her a brief respite from her pain and the fact that she was pretty scared...they were art angels!
    I wish I was near enough to see the exhibit...I wonder though if we might have something similar here one day, I'll have to check.
    Such an uplifting post Kathleen...
    thank you!
    xo J~


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