Arts and Healing

July 29, 2019
A new episode of the Center's "Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing" podcast is out! In this episode, we sit down with Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb to discuss the topic of dance movement therapy. Tune in to learn more about the what dance movement therapy is and how it is an effective integrative therapy!
April 16, 2018
After 4 years of speaking to hundreds of women in networking events, individual coaching sessions, and speaking engagements, I have come to realize how vital creativity is to a woman’s wellbeing. In my own life, I reached a point where having my creativity on the shelf became unbearable. I didn’t realize it was the missing link until I reconnected with it and discovered it was actually a form of fuel for my wellbeing. Now, I consciously nurture my relationship with my creativity every single day and enjoy the boost of energy it gives me for whatever life sends my way.
December 2, 2015
On calm mornings and evenings, the sandstone cliffs, rising hundreds of feet from the lake, are perfectly reflected below. While working with art models, the images, for me, always start with the landscape and my feelings about the land. I strive to utilize the figure as a way to connect the viewer in a deeper way to the sense of place. What does it feel like to be immersed by this environment?
October 14, 2015
When I first became aware of mindfulness-based meditation, my initial reaction was, “this is nothing new — this is what I do every time I make a photograph! I’ve been striving to get better at this my whole life.”
May 12, 2015
Charred white pine and lichen growth following 1971 Nina-Moose burn in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. From the book, border Country, Photographs from the Quetico-Superior Wilderness.
July 8, 2013
Surrounded by beeping, bustling, monitors and machines that help a patient breathe; the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital isn’t exactly what you would call a stress-free environment. Worries proliferate easily for ICU patients who are often awake but cannot speak or act independently after having experienced anything from a severe car accident to open-heart surgery. As they focus on recovery and hospitalization outcomes, patients in the ICU may soon be able to put some of their worries to bed thanks to new University of Minnesota research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found music reduces anxiety for individuals who are critically ill and need assistance from a mechanical ventilator to breathe. Listening to music was also found to reduce the amount of medication nurses gave patients to help calm them.
June 3, 2013
With more than 5,000 music therapists in the U.S. today, music therapy is a practice that is growing in demand, popularity and relevance in today’s health care. Today’s music therapists work in a variety of health care facilities including psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.