The Greater Binghamton Health Center (GBHC) hosts an annual art exhibit of patient and staff work. Art therapist Wendi Boettcher explains the power of art therapy (video is below):
Wendi Boettcher (art therapist): I’d like to welcome you to the 4th Annual May is Mental Health Month Art Exhibit. Our theme this year was getting connected and there is no health without mental health. The work that we have here today is a combination of staff and patient artwork. Art therapy…we use here on a regular basis.
Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process is healing and life enhancing. Through creating art and talking about art and the process of art, making art with an art therapist, one can increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, stress, traumatic experience, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of artistic creativity.
The goal of the art exhibit is it’s about awareness. Making art is good for you. It doesn’t matter who you are and how old you are…art-making is good for anybody.