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Creative for Health

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Nothing feels better than to fully immerse yourself in an art project.  The world around you falls away.  Time passes pleasantly without notice.

Research also suggests that creativity is good for our health.  Regular practice has been shown to reduce the harmful effects of stress, improve immune system function, and help us cope with anxiety and depression.

Uncover your creativity by joining artists and writers with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program in exciting, inspirational activities.

Quarterly Prompts: Community (July-September)

Prompt 1: Where I’m From…

Read Where I’m From by George Ella Lyon, from her book by the same title.  After you read the poem, take out a sheet of paper and a pen and write for fifteen minutes.  If you like you may begin as the author does by writing, “I am from…”

Prompt 2: What’s my name?

Spend 15 minutes interviewing someone about the origin of their name.  Use the following questions to get started, then create your own.

  • What does your name mean?
  • Were you named after someone?
  • Is your last name also the name of a place, occupation or thing?
  • Does your name have cultural significance?
  • Do you have any nicknames?
  • Did you change your name or think about it?
  • How have you made your name your own?
  • Do you have a secret name?

Prompt 3: Home Sweet Home

Draw a picture of a favorite house where you’ve spent time with people you love.  It could be your childhood home or a relative’s house.  Feel free to draw to include or focus on an outdoor space like a park, beach, or yard that evokes happy memories.  Also feel free to write about your experiences in these spaces along with your drawing or in place of it.

For more information, contact Dylan Klempner by email at dklempner@arts.ufl.edu.