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The Healing Power of Art

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Glitz, Shannon Steed Sigler, mixed-media and found object collage collection.

Drama and the Eternal Spirit

The healing power of art is clear, but how can the benefits be defined? Is this a case of art acting alone, or art triggering a spiritual reaction?

Art therapists work in a broad range of disciplines and methodologies, as do churches and temples and mosques, to achieve the same ends.

The Rev. Ken Brannon of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum has worked in both art and spirituality—he received his master’s degree in Drama Therapy from New York University before entering the seminary to become a priest—and has recently merged the two.

“Making art is a unique discipline—there are those who do art because they are compelled,” he said. “Then there are others who focus on health and healing and have found that the arts are an effective way to heal.”

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