Stuck at Home (together)
It’s the Perfect Time to Spark Your Creativity
Being creative is more than a fun activity, it’s an active way to keep your body and brain healthy. In a paper published by the journal, The Arts in Psychotherapy, researchers found that doing basic artistic activity actually increased blood flow to the brain’s reward center. Other research has shown that when people are actively engaged in a craft or art-making, breathing becomes more regular, people’s heart rate and blood pressure decrease, and that the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced.
Challenge yourself to incorporate a creative activity into your Stuck at Home (together) routine. Although you can do this solo, we encourage you to try scheduling friends, family, or colleagues to participate with you via FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or similar!
Write the title of your Stuck at Home memoir. What would a catchy title of your experience be?
Your favorite Stuck-at-Home Vista
Snap a photo of a place or a room where you find yourself looking and feeling comfort. Perhaps it is the scene outside of your window or a child’s bedroom that was once empty but is occupied again. Or maybe it is a place you’ve discovered on your socially distanced walks. Take a photo and post to the forum to share your image of solace.
Create your Stuck-at-Home Protest Poster
At this moment of societal upheaval and protest, we should all be empowered to voice our concerns even if we don’t feel safe to join mass gatherings. Create your own poster for your window to share your message with your neighbors and to help your community become a safe and welcoming community where all people can connect. First, consider your slogan: what is the simple and direct message you want to convey? The fewer the words, the better. Second, consider a single strong graphic symbol – a fist, a peace sign, a mask — that helps communicate your message. Third, hang your poster in a prominent window that will ensure broad visibility. Finally, take a snapshot of your poster in your window and post to the forum to broaden the reach of your message.
Stuck at Home (together)!
We'll let you know when new Creativity Challenges are available, along with other tips and updates we have to share!
The Stuck at Home (together) initiative is partially funded through the generous support of:
Thanks to these partnering organizations:
The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to promote creative arts expression as a means to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities. Our signature program, The UnLonely Project, broadens public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness associated with a wide range of living conditions and circumstances while also exploring and promoting creative arts-based approaches to reduce the burden.
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