Publication: National Public Radio

Feeling Artsy? Here’s How Making Art Helps Your Brain

From the NPR site:

“I do these things partly because it’s fun and entertaining. But I suspect there’s something deeper going on. Because when I create, I feel like it clears my head. It helps me make sense of my emotions. And it somehow, it makes me feel calmer and more relaxed. That made me wonder: What is going on in my brain when I draw? Why does it feel so nice? And how can I get other people — even if they don’t consider themselves artists — on the creativity train? It turns out there’s a lot happening in our minds and bodies when we make art.”

How Art Changes Us

From NPR: “Art can evoke powerful feelings. But can it do more? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Guests include painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, painters Dre Urhahn and eL Seed, textile artist Magda Sayeg, and conductor Benjamin Zander.