Give the Gift of UnLoneliness this Holiday Season 2021
The holidays can be incredibly lonely, even if we are surrounded by family and friends. And let’s not forget there are many people alone during the holidays, for whom that sense of isolation can be all but crippling.
For those willing to look towards their creative side that all people have, there are ways to help ourselves through the emotional rollercoaster of the holidays, and to better connect with others and feel better. Sharing films, like those in our annual UnLonely Film Festival, and creative activities are a simple way to let someone know that they are not alone.
Film can be a powerful tool to understand our emotions, learn about important issues, and connect with others. Our UnLonely Film Festival is a collection of short films that explore loneliness and connection through a variety of perspectives. Here, we’ve hand-picked three films for you to watch, share, and enjoy!
Golden Age Karate
Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at 10 years old, Jeff Wall is a teenage karate pro. But that’s not even his greatest achievement. Jeff wanted to pass along his passion for the dojo to a community he felt needed it most — senior citizens.
The Honeys and Bears
Members of the Harlem Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, describe the freedom of the water.
Eric and the Bees
When Eric Grandon discovered beekeeping, he had no idea that the bees would give him the power to transform both his own life, and the lives of many others.
At The Foundation for Art & Healing, we believe that the simple act of making, sharing, or receiving something creative benefits both mental and physical health. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests that creative arts expression is a powerful tool in reducing emotional isolation for everyone involved. Help someone feel more connected, more whole, and more at peace during the holidays by sharing some creative piece of yourself through one or all of the activities in our UnLonely Gift.