The Health Benefits of Engaging in Art

Written by: Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Who would have thought that being active in the arts would have health benefits? Several studies have shown that engaging in artistic endeavors (including visual, musical and other creative art programs) can help to relieve negative symptoms associated with cancer, promote positive mental health, relieve emotional distress and pain, minimize the stigma associated with a debilitating disease, and increase opportunities for enjoyable social interactions (Carnic & Chatterjee, 2013; Stuckey & Nobel, 2010). Research has also shown that participating in various types of art programs have benefits for older adults with dementia.

Take advantage of the health benefits from participating in Community Education classes including Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Chinese Brush Painting, Easy Pencil Sketching, Ukulele – Fun and Easy, Fun with Guitar, Fabulous Gift Wrapping: The Art of Repurposing, Fun, Easy to-Make Greeting Cards, Natural Aromatic Candles and more.  Join us for a healthier YOU!

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