The aim of the Expressive Arts Lab is to promote well-being and healing through creative expression and connection, by providing a space for people to develop, express and experience their creative selves while interacting with others in a congenial setting.
From the beginning of time, humans have expressed their creativity in a myriad of art forms. Cave paintings, chanting, music, dance, writing, and organizing of designs in nature all give voice to that most basic human need: self-expression.
Art-making provides a meditative space in real time: an antidote to being constantly plugged in to today’s ever-expanding digital world.
Evidence demonstrates that engaging in creative activities even briefly on a daily basis contributes to a positive outlook and reduces anxiety. It allows us to reap the benefits of being embodied creators — harnessing our sensory, motor, perceptual, cognitive and emotional capacities.
Engaging in creative expression — particularly in a supportive & inclusive collective atmosphere— enhances mood, emotions, immune functioning and other physiological states. People of all ages engaged in ‘parallel play’ benefit from sharing the creative space, allowing them to connect more deeply to themselves and others.
The Expressive Arts Lab is co-organized by Megan Paterson Brown and Chitra Subrahmanian from Webster University Geneva.
So…come join us, “ make something and be well! “ ~C. Malchiodi
The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience. ~Joseph Campbell
“When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life” ~M. Csikszentmihalyi
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain” ~C. J. Jung
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for…” ~Georgia O’Keefe
CALENDAR OF EVENTS for the Expressive Arts Lab
Note — all sessions to be held in the LLC (unless otherwise indicated)
Spring: Friday, March 29, 11:00-14:00 pm
Summer: Monday, June 17 from 10 to 12:30, part of the Creativity Week
Fall 1: Saturday Sept 21, 10:00-13:00
Fall 2: Sunday December 1, 14:00-17:00
FEE: Free for Webster students CHF 30 for all others