“Simplicity is the ultimate
Arts proven to combat Alzheimers(2013)
"...New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients
with debilitating mental disease.
A soon-to-be-published study, Reawakening the Mind, has confirmed what we all knew to be true – the mind-body benefit of artistic stimulation. UK organisation Arts 4
Dementia offers statistical proof of the transforming power of the arts in treating patients suffering from memory loss. This latest discovery affirms the health benefits of arts therapies when applied to early dementia sufferers..."
- YES we have all known for a long time, back to the ancient Greeks, that Music and Theatre is good for you.
- Our Joyful Health approach highlights this aspect.
Why Theatre Matters~Speech
- Why Theatre Matters owes its inspiration to Howard Shalwitz, an Artistic Director in the USA.
words so perfectly capture the core of why we are inspired by music, theatres, artists, and audiences of all ages.
Howard Shalwitz, the Artistic Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,USA.
Only of that speech
“…Why Theatre Matters
As someone who came from a family of doctors, started out pre-med in college, detoured to philosophy, then teaching, and finally to theatre —
not only did my career choices slide steadily downhill from my mother's perspective, but I was left with a moral conundrum: does my chosen profession, theatre, make a valuable contribution to the world when compared with the other professions I left behind?
I guess this conundrum has stuck with me, because as recently as this past winter I made a list of seven reasons why theatre matters and I'd like to share them with you briefly tonight.
First, theatre does no harm. Theatre is one
of those human activities that doesn't really hurt anyone or anything (except for its carbon footprint -- but let's ignore that for now).
Second, theatre is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need -- one might call it an instinct
-- to mimic, to project stories onto ourselves and others, and to create meaning through narrative and metaphor.. We see this instinct expressed in children when they act out real or imagined characters and events.
Third, theatre brings
people together. For a performance to happen, anywhere from a hundred to a thousand or more people need to gather in one place for a couple of hours, and share together in witnessing and contemplating an event that may be beautiful, funny, moving,
thought-provoking, or hopefully at least diverting. And in an age when most of our communication happens in front of a screen, I think that this gathering function of theatre is, in and of itself, something that matters.
Fourth, theatre models
for us a kind of public discourse that lies at the heart of democratic life, and builds our skills for listening to different sides of a conversation or argument, and empathizing with the struggles of our fellow human beings whatever their views may be.
When we watch a play, we learn what happens when conflicts don't get resolved, and what happens when they do. We develop our faculty for imagining the outcomes of various choices we might make in our personal lives and our political lives.
both the making of theatre and attending of theatre contribute to education and literacy.
Watching the characters talk back and forth in the theatre is tricky; it requires sharp attention, quick mental shifts, and nimble language skills.
It teaches us about human motivation and psychology.
Sixth, theatre as an industry contributes to our economy and plays a special role in the revitalization of neglected neighborhoods.
(See Townsville, Qld in recent article below to download)
And this pattern is repeated in cities across the United States and around the world.
Finally, the seventh way that theatre matters -- and this one applies to some kinds of theatre more than others -- is that it influences the way we think and feel about our own lives and encourages us to take a hard look at ourselves, our values,
and our behavior.
ADaMS's FOCUS~Social Infrastructure~in regions and suburbs
Our Focus is more on Social Impact, life is more than "...work and paying taxes" to quote Elizabeth Gilbert.
~Its family, friends
and your community living and working together.
- Last year(2016) Senator Fiona Nash, captured part of this aspect in her article in National
Government is starting to realise that positive social infrastructure, reduces not just mental and physical health costs, but
builds a creative, capable and competent community. It builds a caring sociable society!
- We invite you, your friends, Drama and
Musical societies everywhere, to join and assist us, develop Australia's Social Infrastructure, providing and enriching all our lives and our Community everywhere.