World Art Day was established in 2012 by the International Association of Art, who is a partner of UNESCO. Whether it's painting, sculpture, photography, music, or dance, World Art Day is a time to celebrate the creativity and talent of artists and to recognise the role that it plays in enriching our lives.
Art has been an integral part of human culture since the beginning of time, and it continues to play a significant role in our society today. While art is essential to people of all ages, it is particularly beneficial for older adults.
Benefits of Art
Mental Stimulation and Improved Cognitive Functioning
Art is an excellent way to keep the mind active and engaged, which is particularly important as we age. Engaging in artistic activities has been shown to improve cognitive function and memory, helping to reminisce by creating pieces based on past experiences. Making art stimulates the brain, enhances problem-solving skills, and fosters creativity, which are all essential for maintaining a healthy mind.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Creating art can be a meditative and relaxing experience that can help older adults reduce stress and anxiety. Artistic activities such as painting, drawing, and sculpting can be particularly therapeutic, allowing individuals to express their emotions and release tension in a healthy way. In addition, art can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, which can help boost self-esteem and confidence. Here are some guides about how to sketch which Community Engagement Manager, Vicki Gillow describes as 'mindful and meditative'.
Improved Physical Health
Art isn’t just what you put on canvas. Certain forms of art, such as pottery and dance, require physical movement and can help improve balance, coordination and flexibility. Engaging in artistic activities can also help reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis by keeping the body active and engaged. Our residents at Girton Green enjoy 'Dance to Music' as a way of keeping fit and engaging with others through a physical form of art.
Social Interaction and Community Building
Creating art can be a social activity that allows older adults to connect with others and build a sense of community. Art classes or workshops can provide opportunities for older adults to meet new people and share their creativity with others. In addition, creating art can provide a shared experience that can help foster connections and build relationships. Here Vicki Gillow shares how she likes to create mosaics using ceramic tiles and grout. She shares the process with some useful step-by-step videos.
Why Art is Important for Older People
Engaging in artistic activities can help older adults stay connected to themselves and others. Art provides an opportunity for self-expression and personal growth by allowing someone to explore their feelings and emotions in what they create. In addition, creating art can provide a sense of purpose and meaning, which is particularly important as we age and face life changes and transitions.