Art therapy touches lives at Runnells

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Posted on Wednesday, August 23 @ 14:06:18 CDT by webmaster

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The Activities Therapy Department at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County celebrates creativity with the “Art of The Masters” program. The program, administered by Creative Notions, has been enriching the lives of its participants with a two-step format since 2000, with projects that were designed with senior needs in mind.

“Runnells’ Activities Therapy Department brings the arts into our residents’ lives with hands-on programs,” said Union County Freeholder Vice Chair Bette Jane Kowalski who serves as the Freeholder Board’s liaison to the facility. “With the Art of the Masters program, our residents learn about an artist and create their own work of art. Participating in the arts increases self-esteem and develops physical skills. And it’s fun, too.“
The purpose of Runnells’ varied creative arts programs, facilitated by art therapists, recreation therapists and volunteers includes stimulating socialization and cognitive awareness.

About six years ago, Art of the Masters was invited to Runnells to do a program several times during that first year. Eventually, Runnells made the program a monthly staple of the extensive and varied activities program schedule. Each month Art of the Masters take participants on a journey through the lives and examine the works of some of the world’s most famous artists. First, residents learn the history of a featured artist by attending a lecture and then they paint, sculpt or draw to create a “masterpiece” similar or almost identical to that of the featured artist. Instructors work with each student on a one-on-one basis during the class. With each event they seem to leave with a greater understanding of the artist’s life, works, struggles and triumphs as well as with a greater appreciation for the various art mediums.

Art, through lectures and hands-on activities touches a wide range of individuals, from the active and independent to those who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Art of the Masters program participants have a great time, while building social skills.

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