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Healing Kite 2

A Flotilla of Healing Kites

Sound iconHear the musical composition "Kites"

Healing Kite 1

Glistening and shimmering, the kites take flight. Soaring into the stream of life. Stoking the imagination and evoking startling images of ourselves and others. A dialogue is begun and communication flows freely within the mind, body and spirit. Alive with powerful images and colors, we are enabled to explore and marshal the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects of healing. The quintessential lesson to be learned: art is -- in and of itself -- powerfully therapeutic.

 

Time disappears,

noise diminishes,

peace comes,

the body relaxes

and the artist within each of us

emerges.

 

Soaring Kite

Healing Kite 3Healing Kite 4Healing Kite 5

"Kites" was composed and performed by Bruce Lackie, PhD, as an invited response to this exhibit. As a trauma therapist and former patient himself, he recognizes the importance of the arts in healing the spirit. "Creating the song helped me fly up and out the window of the hospital room, no strings attached, not a frozen kite, but a free one." His song is dedicated to Dr. Julius Newman -- plastic surgeon second, artist first -- of Newark, New Jersey.

The collaborators invite you to consider your own creative response, and to look for (or start!) programs in your local community that bring the arts into the context of healing.

 
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