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Joy of Arts

 

The arts enrich the lives of both artists and audience. We can enjoy the talents of others, embracing the arts through a variety of senses, or we can bring joy to others by becoming a sing-er, musician, artist, or dancer. If your dream has been to take voice, or dance lessons, it is never too late. Perhaps you have imagined playing the piano or other musical instrument; now is the time to start. Experimenting with can-vas and paintbrush can help you get in touch with your creative side, so don't put it off any longer.

Art has a positive influence on us, and may improve your health as well, because music and art have been linked to lower blood pressure, improved mood, and a number of other benefits.

Art is listening to a talented street musician playing a musical instrument, attending a gallery to see the work of a featured artist, or watching the ballet performed beautifully on stage. Here are some ways you can bring the arts into your life.

MUSIC

Music can be shared at a concert or as part of a play on stage. Voice lessons will help you learn how to read music and breathe properly. Or simply do what I do – enjoy the music and sing in the shower.

"Singing to me means that I am able to express myself and my thoughts. I believe everyone has something to say, so I feel that by using the power of the arts people are able to feel free and ex-pressive." – Bailey Coats

ART

Visual art can include painting, drawing, sculpting, and photography. Creating a masterpiece on a blank can-vas, getting your fingers dirty to design a one-of-a-kind clay piece of pottery, or picking up a camera and capturing a moment in time are ways to express your inner voice. To be inspired, attend galleries and museums, or search the web for ideas.

DANCE

Dance is about being self-expres-sive, allowing the music to move you. Even if you do not have rhythm or know all the latest dance moves, the benefits of moving to music are many. I love cleaning the house with powerful energizing music. I get a workout while trying out some new moves. To learn dance styles, join a gym or dance studio and take regular classes. Be prepared to have fun while burning calories and getting fit. Watch the stress of the day evaporate.

Art therapy is a way to heal the mind or body by exposure to any of the art forms or producing the art itself. The arts can be therapeutic for people suffering from a variety of physical, mental, or emotional problems and disorders. Some of the benefits are:

• Reduced Stress

• Decreased Depression

• Reduced Anxiety

• Improved Mood

• Help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

• Help Stroke Patients Recover Motor Skills

• Reduced Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

• Help With Alzheimer and Dementia Patients

• Increased Circulation

Use your skills and talents to volunteer helping the elderly, mentally or physically disabled at nursing homes, daycare, or hospitals. Helping them create their own masterpieces, incorporate simple dance moves into their exercise routine or learn simple songs is a great way to use your God-given talents.

Make time to enjoy the arts with family and friends and create memories that are lasting. Treat yourself to a performance or experience the many forms of art available in your area. The therapeutic and health benefits may ex-tend your life and help you form closer bonds with others. Make music, art, and dance a part of your daily routine and experience the joy of the arts.

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