The Benefits - Art Health and Healing
“Studies show that incorporating the arts in our healing strategies can save money and improve well-being and experience of both the patient and physician.”

-Rachel Hajar, MD

“Connecting art with wellness, health, and healing, I want to use art for that purpose and put people in a different state of mind.”

-Paul Braswell, Registered Nurse, Art Collector


The value of art therapy in health and healing is well known among health care providers. And, it’s now known that patients can achieve benefits not only by creating art but also simply by consuming it. Emotional, physical, and general well-being can be improved using the healing powers of art that can advance therapeutic outcomes and strengthen results.


Setting aside a few hours to stroll through a gallery, or to attend an art exhibit at a museum, has a proven link to good health and life satisfaction. Experiencing art can also help lower anxiety, alleviate depression, and improve critical thinking, delivering positive consequences with significant results for all of us.

The clever healing mechanism of art, regardless of subjectivity of beauty or topic, is that art can engage our brain’s reward system. Simply viewing art can lead to the release of dopamine, a
Art may free the brain from the limitations of reality, allowing it to forge new emotional and cognitive associations. Consequently, introducing art into patients’ environments can help patients’ brains be more relaxed and potentially stimulate more healing and quicker recover.

Clinical Benefits of Art Therapy

  • Improves vital signs
  • Reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Lowers the amount of medication required to induce sleep
  • Decreases the need for narcotic pain medication
  • Speeds hospital discharge time

Emotional Benefits of Art Therapy

  • Reduces symptoms of emotional distress
  • Boosts psychological well-being and resilience
  • Improves coping ability
  • Facilitates expression of feelings
  • Enhances self-worth and self-esteem
  • Enables the maintenance of social identity
“Artistic work, taken as the effective conveyance of emotions, is vital for human beings as a means of catharsis, communication, knowledge, joy and pleasure, both at an individual and a collective level.”

-Carlos G. Musso, MD and Paula A. Enz, MD

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