The value of art spans way beyond its aesthetic qualities. We wrote about how art can help us change society and our own state of mind. But art can also be used as a tool to improve our emotional intelligence and our cultural intelligence (understanding of other cultures, their values, philosophies, and meanings).
The beneficial effects of art on human health are well-known. For centuries, people used art creation and observation to deal with stress, trauma, and improve self-awareness. In the 1940s, art therapy was established as a method of using art to treat physical & psychological disorders and improve overall human health.
It seems that after years of neglecting certain groups of artists (female artists, artists of color, LGBTQ artists), the art world is finally ready to embrace them. Although the art world is making big steps in the right direction, when it comes to inclusion, there’s still a long way to go & plenty of challenges ahead.
Today creativity is one of the most sought-after skills employers want. It enables you to easily reduce stress & come up with efficient & original, out-of-the-box solutions. It can also increase your productivity & improve your physical & mental well-being. Try out these artists' methods to improve your creativity.
Art therapy is used to heal numerous conditions in both young people and adults. It can help with learning disabilities, severe stress, domestic abuse trauma, depression, anxiety and other psychological issues.
It is theorized that the earliest cave paintings, etched into stone walls by ancient shamans, were meant to symbolize visions or dreams. The link between the human psyche and art is profoundly little-understood, but modern technology is beginning to cast a faint ray of light on what happens when we experience art.