Art of Healing

The Art of Healing

Oct 4, 2013

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 43:00 SDPB radio documentary first aired on September 27, 2013.

Music Helps Couple With Breast Cancer

Sep 27, 2013

The will to fight, the triumphant battle, the solitude of finding happy place can be reached through music.  We learn about the personal struggle with cancer of a local musician and his wife.  Chris and Susan Hill discuss how music helps them as a couple while Susan battles breast cancer.

Words Are Also An Art Of Healing

Sep 27, 2013

When most people think of art they might think of a painting on a wall or a piece of music.  But art can also mean writing.  Words are an inspiration and also a sense of healing for those who write and those who read. In this segment we hear the written words of Kristine Stewert, SDSU Associate Professor of English; Patrick Hicks, Writer in Residence at Augustana College and Cowboy Poet Kip Sorlie and learn how writing helps them heal.

Experts And Artists Say Art Heals

Sep 27, 2013

The art in the Art of Healing is the music drifting throughout a hospital while you're waiting for the results of a biopsy.  It's also a shared experience through the words of a poet.  And it's even the pictures that hang on the wall and also how the building is designed. 

Feeling good about the way you look can impact healing.  One woman makes it her mission to take a blank face of a cancer patient and make her beautiful.

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Art of Healing: Art Therapy And Lifelong Healing

Sep 26, 2013

"Every picture has a story, and for a lot of children art is the medium that helps them get their story out," -- Linda Thompson with Lutheran Social Services.

The Art of Healing is the focus of a week-long series on SDPB.  We’ve heard how positive artworks in hospitals can speed recovery.  But, the act of creating art can also lead to healing and recovery.
 

Cara Hetland

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.

Cara Hetland / SDPB

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.