the torch Summer 2015, Issue 2 - Page 6

FEATURE FEATURE Hope and healing through arts in medicine Certain experiences in life are too difficult to put into words. Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis or recovering from chemotherapy, for instance, can leave even the strongest among us searching for words to describe what we’re feeling. “I believe in the power of art,” said Bonnie Pitman, a Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas patient, former director of the Dallas Museum of Art and distinguished scholar in 6 6 residence at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Arts can ignite the creative spirit that is needed for healing and transport patients away from their day-to-day medical issues. Patients can become overwhelmed with the medical treatments; engaging in the arts can foster their creativity, renew their spirits, reduce stress and enhance their lives, through )