Art is playing a larger role in healthcare. Administrators consider everything from the design of a building to the art inside as a way to create a positive healing experience. As the series Art of Healing continues we look at how healing is found in the act of creating art.
August 2, 2011 is a day many Rapid City Police officers will never forget. It's the day Officers Nick Armstrong and Ryan McCandless were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. Throughout the Art of Healing series we're hearing how art in hospitals can speed recovery and also how artists find healing from personal tragedy. Here we examine how art plays a role in helping an entire community heal in the wake of tragedy.
Art can heal. That might seem like an overstatement, but it's an idea backed by research that healthcare professionals are now embracing. Hospitals are no longer square sterile boxes with small windows. Instead they're being designed with patient input. From the art on the walls to the music in the background experts say positive surroundings help us get better. This is the first in a series where we explore The Art of Healing.