There are so many forms of art, dance, painting, poetry, photography, architecture. There have been various artistic endeavours during historical crises that have lifted human spirits.
A recent example: violinist, Lena Yokoyama played for healthcare workers at Cremora hospital in Northern Italy. The violinist was paying homage to the health workers, patients and volunteers of Samaritan’s purse who were fighting Covid-19.
Art it seems, invokes something in the human spirit that bolsters the soul in the toughest times and gives some sense of peace, happiness and possibly purpose.
Studies done by the Arts Council of England have shown that art has healing benefits in several ways. The expression of art itself provides a healing calming effect. There is scientific proof that art has a positive impact on certain illnesses. The Royal philharmonic orchestra, for example, runs workshops for people with dementia. Studies by Newcastle University have also shown an improvement in the lives of nursing homebound elders. Art is also a tool that can be used to process grief. Psychologically this is an invaluable tool. During stressful times having an outlet for stress is absolutely invaluable.
Art encourages social cohesion. It acts as a unifier, when an artistic experience is shared especially during a trying time it connects people, creating a sense of society, pride and connection.
Art inspires people and restores hope, and along with that builds a sense of resilience.
As Pablo Picasso said, “ the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”.