ABOUT US

Therapeutic art helps people relax, decrease release of stress hormones, lowers blood pressure and make you feel good. We believe art is a good drug everyone should use.

ARTRUISM GROUP

The Artruism Group is a non profit organization. It is a new art movement started by a group of Medical Doctors and Visual Artists that aspire to unite the medical and art world by combining art and medicine on all levels (exhibitions on therapeutic art, art-therapy sessions, education, promotion of art and also clinical medical studies and research ).

 

Our group strongly believes in the healing powers of art!

 

​We believe that art, through it's visual forms and it's colors, can produce a positive and beneficial effect on the physical and mental health of individuals.

 

This effect can be felt whether it be by seeing beautiful art or by creating art.

STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS

President, Co-founder
Dr. Giuseppe Mazza

Vice-President

Dr. Hussein Fadhalla

Treasurer-Secretary

Dr. Michael Palumbo

Director and Operation Manager
Lynne Shand

Marketing and Brand Director

Éliane Ducros

Communication 

Caroline Emmanuelle

Journalism Contributors
Caroline Emmanuelle

Translation

Wendy Weiner

Artruism Art Hive Facilitator

Isabelle Fortier

THERAPEUTIC ART VS. ART THERAPY

THERAPEUTIC ART 

Our artists are convinced of the therapeutic effects of art. All works of art, whatever their style, have been created according to the standards established by Artruism Group. All Artruism works of art are created according to the forms, the colours and the subject matter that make a therapeutic canvas.

 

ART THERAPY

Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, colouring or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, clients can "decode" the nonverbal messages, symbols and metaphors often found in these art forms which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behaviour so, they can move on to resolve deeper issues.

The therapeutic effects of art can be divided into two large categories:

 

Art can have calming effects such as:

 

Giving you a feeling of calmness

· Feeling of relaxation

· Decreasing muscle tension and spasms

· Decreased pulse

· Decreased blood pressure

· Feeling of transcendence

· Feeling at one with the universe.

Art can have stimulating effects such as:

· Feeling happy

· Feeling energized

· Feeling of playfulness

· Feeling of insight

· Great feeling of learning.

· Stimulation of appetite and creativity

HISTORY

Throughout history, the arts have been known to have a therapeutic effect.  The ancient Romans believed that ''art calmed the beast in men’’. Music, which is a form of art, is used by almost everyone on a daily basis to help them feel better.  Many of the most famous works of art were made when the artist was passing through a very difficult period in their lives. There is a vast source of scientific literature that aims to show and quantify the therapeutic effects of art. The United Kingdom has published scientific evidence of the research done in it's hospitals, clinics, nursing homes etc.  That shows the therapeutic benefits of art on a population of sick people.  All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing ‘’Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing’’ July 2017.

ww.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/appg/inquiry.  Contact:  coultera@parliament.uk.  Here in Montreal, we have the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts develop an art therapy workshop (reference and elaborate).  This is in collaboration with Concordia University.

 

 

www.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/appg/inquiry 

 

Contact : coultera@parliament.uk

 

in Montreal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is developing an art therapy workshop in collaboration with Concordia University.​

 

https://www.mbam.qc.ca/education-art-therapie/art-therapie

Artruism Group NPO 1173715591  Groupe Artruisme OBNL 117371559