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Why art?


Engaging with art can be a great way to help with the brain and mental health, which is why we chose it. 

In the realm of rehabilitation medicine and neuroscience, mounting evidence suggests that art has a positive impact on brain function through its influence on brain wave patterns, emotions, and the nervous system. Additionally, art has the ability to elevate serotonin levels. These advantages are not limited to the act of creating art but also extend to the act of experiencing it. When observing art, it can activate the formation of fresh neural pathways and promote innovative modes of thinking. 


Art taps into numerous sophisticated processes of the human brain, including intuitive analysis, expressivity, and embodied cognition. Artists often exhibit enhanced observational skills and superior memory abilities, which may be attributed to the impact of art on the brain's plasticity. By engaging in artistic activities, the brain's flexibility and adaptability are stimulated, leading to these cognitive benefits.

Research has consistently demonstrated that artistic expression can be beneficial for individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. Various studies have highlighted that engaging in activities like drawing, doodling, coloring, or simply creating something for a duration of 20 minutes or more can effectively lower cortisol levels, which is associated with stress. One of the remarkable aspects is that prior experience in art is not necessary to experience these advantages. Art has shown to have numerous positive effects, such as enhancing self-esteem, aiding in the healing process from trauma, and facilitating self-expression.

SOURCES: The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and The University of Washington.

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