#WATWB, Art, Chronic Illness

#Art for #Recovery ~ Using Art to Help Heal #WATWB


Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrathLizbeth HartzShilpa GargMary Giese, and Belinda Witzenhausen.
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“Art is the meeting ground of the world inside and the world outside.”~ Elinor Ulman

Establish in 1988, the University of California, San Francisco’s Art for Recovery (Ernest H Rosenbaum Art for Recovery)Program,  is a creative arts program introducing art, writing and music to adults living with cancer and other potentially terminal illness. To date, it has helped thousands of patients find a voice to express their feelings about their illness.  By being able to communicate they build confidence in themselves and finding a way to cope with life-changing illnesses. 

Approximately 200 patients participate in Art for Recovery’s weekly, three-hour Open Art Studios workshop. Other activities they offer include writing workshops and visits by musicians at Mount Zion and Mission Bay. Volunteer guitarists, harpists and madrigal singers also perform in hospital lobbies. Both inpatients and outpatients may attend and participate.  Program director, since it’s inception, Cynthia Perlis  discusses the benefits of the program in the video below:

“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.” ~ Natalie Rogers

17 thoughts on “#Art for #Recovery ~ Using Art to Help Heal #WATWB”

    1. I was so impressed when I found the article…I can relate. No matter how bad things get, art and writing are always therapeutic for me! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB! Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

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    1. I’m a person who loves to create, art and writing have become my go-to ways to soothe my soul when times are difficult. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. I agree art and writing are always by go-to’s when in need of soothing. 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic weekend! 🙂


    1. That’s why I had to share, art and writing are definitely what I turn to when in need of healing! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for being a part of #WATWB! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  1. Hi Belinda – art and music are true healers … I so appreciate them both – though both elude me as far as talent goes … it’s amazing being able to open my mind to new things … for which writing helps enormously … cheers Hilary

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    1. I am a firm believer in creative art therapies. I’ve been dealing with a severe illness for many years, writing and art have been such an important part of my life. My husband a musician (weekends) took up playing after being orphaned at a young age, it’s become such an important part of his life whenever he’s faced tough times. Don’t sell yourself short, you are probably more talented than you know. Just the act of creating is therapeutic, you should try it sometime! 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! Sending you wishes for a wonderful week! 🙂

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  2. Thank you, Belinda for sharing news about this great program, it is wonderful idea. Would love to see more of these types of activities for more patients.


  3. Thanks Belinda … I know my limits – but my creativity doesn’t stop me creating … all sorts – no-one wants my scratchy musical notes … but I love to paint with words, or by lyrical when I write … the music is there – but not obvious. I so agree with your comment … take care – cheers Hilary


    1. I wholeheartedly agree! There is something so transformative about the act of creating! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of#WATWB!😊 Have a fantastic week!


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