The 7th UnLonely Film Festival is now LIVE!
Season 7 of The UnLonely Film Festival launched on June 4th! 30 new powerful short films are available now, and you can stream them for free all year long. Browse our selection of films, or watch the launch event, below!
Our nation is in a state of significant turmoil and grief. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our sense of safety and normalcy, and in less than a year it became the third leading cause of death in America. Amidst these circumstances, we’ve been confronted with devastating killings resulting from systemic racism. These tragedies have been set against unprecedented political and social divisions that have put our communities’ wellbeing under alarming distress. As a result, Americans are increasingly struggling with anxiety and depression, and isolation and loneliness have grown exponentially.
However, a growing body of research demonstrates that creative expression and the arts offer unparalleled ability to meet this moment and unite people. The arts engage, inspire, and connect us. With evidence-based strategies, we help communities apply public health programs that use creativity and connection to improve health outlooks and outcomes.
Find research studies, articles, media placements, and editorial content that demonstrate how art serves as a catalyst for improved health.
Getting creative is not only enjoyable, it’s good for your brain and your relationships! Creative expression can help you feel more connected to yourself and those around you, leading to improved mental health and a boost in self-esteem.
Our brains are wired to seek out social connections, and when we lack them, it can affect how we think and feel. By learning more about the science behind loneliness, we can take the first step in building deeper connections with ourselves and others.
by Reji Mathew, Ph.D., LCSW, REAT
As an expressive arts educator and advocate, a central ethos of my teaching approach is to bring ideas to life through multi-media arts expression, referred to as intermodal processing, using the arts as a tool to process themes.
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