If you or a loved one has suffered brain injury or emotional trauma, you know that recovery is often an enormous challenge.
Art — whether you create it, experience it or talk about it — can help. It's proven to be a powerful pathway to resilience for those who have suffered strokes, for veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder or for others enduring physical, psychological and emotional struggles.
The arts allow people to explore emotions, understand feelings, connect with others and resolve deeper issues. Exploring thoughts and feelings through art allows people to open the unconscious mind and step back into their lives while connecting with others experiencing a similar journey.
Eric Freece’s stroke damaged his memory and closed off parts of his mind. His wife, Debbie, searched for programs to help the former elementary school teacher heal. They both discovered a world of support, purpose and insight through Art on the Brain.
“Eric truly lives in the moment,” Debbie said. “This gives him great joy in the moment."
The experience was greater than anything Debbie expected: rich discussions of dance, music and paintings, as well as art projects, journal-writing and, above all, new friendships.
“We thought we were just going to learn about art,” Debbie said. “But we gained a community.”
The Art and Resilience suite of programs at the Wexner Center for the Arts uses art and group interaction to support those who are navigating adversity.
Participants in Art on the Brain, Vets at the Wex and the new Art Unlocked include those who have suffered brain injuries, veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, women who have been incarcerated and others who have experienced a variety of mental and emotional traumas. Through art interpretation, creation and group discussion, participants and caregivers experience healing and social re-integration.
“People are pushed to expand their way of thinking. Contemporary art does that,” said Tracie McCambridge, manager of gallery teaching and engagement at the Wexner Center. “This is a setting where people can relate to one another, understand what others are experiencing and support one another.”
Give today to strengthen and maintain the Art and Resilience program at the Wexner Center for the Arts, allowing families like the Freeces to experience wellness and enjoy life through the healing and support that the arts can offer.
The arts at Ohio State are celebrated in many forms. And you can support the arts in just as many ways — whether your interests lie in presenting galleries, programs and initiatives at the Wexner Center for the Arts, supporting the ongoing programming of WOSU or creating scholarships for fine arts majors.
WOSU Public Media Annual Fund
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WOSU News and Public Affairs Fund
Support of award winning news and public affairs on WOSU Public Media. Helps provide for NPR and local news and public affairs programming…GIVE TODAY
WOSU Children's Programming Fund
Supports the quality children's programming on WOSU-TV. Helps provide over 11 hours of daily programming for children in central Ohio.GIVE TODAY
Music and Theatre Building Fund
Supports new construction and renovation in the School of Music and Department of Theatre.GIVE TODAY
100% TBDBITL Endowed Scholarship Fund
Established February 2, 2018, with gifts from friends of The Ohio State University Marching Band; used to provide scholarships to active…GIVE TODAY
The Ohio State Fund for the Wexner Center for the Arts
Provides unrestricted support for the Wexner Center for the Arts, a global contemporary arts center and creative laboratory at 15th and…GIVE TODAY
College of the Arts Support Fund
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Department of Art Faculty & Staff Scholarship Fund
Supports a scholarship for student enrolled in the department and majoring in any of the fine artsGIVE TODAY
Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund
Support innovative initiatives and priorities.GIVE TODAY
WOSU Classical Music Fund
Support for Classical Music in central Ohio provided by WOSU Public Media. Helps sustain classical music radio programming and local concert…GIVE TODAY
School of Music New Day Campaign Fund
Supports construction costs associated with the School of Music building project.GIVE TODAY
Department of Dance Chair's Support Fund
Supports the Department of DanceGIVE TODAY
Theatre Development Fund
Supports initiatices and priorities of the department of TheatreGIVE TODAY
Department of Design 50th Anniversary Support Fund
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Patrons Circle Lecture Series in the History of Art
The fund will allow for an annual lecture series featuring distinguished visiting art historiansGIVE TODAY