Art Offers Evidence-Based Solution for Mental Health and Wellbeing

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During self-isolation due to coronavirus, many are turning to the arts. Perhaps they seek a creative outlet or opportunity for expression; but it’s also possible that their attraction may be driven by an innate desire to use their brains in ways that make them feel good.

As a professor and arts educator for over 20 years, I have witnessed the mental benefits of an arts-rich life — but don’t take my word for it. There is a powerful and compelling case, supported by cutting-edge research, that the arts have positive effects on mental health.

Mental health issues affect nearly half of the global population, at some point, by age 40. Add to that, recent challenges of the pandemic for maintaining mental wellness, managing fears and uncertainty, and one thing is clear: it’s time to think differently when it

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AACPS Offers Summer Virtual Learning Opportunities

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Due to restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, in-person learning and face-to-face camps planned for this summer are canceled, so Anne Arundel County Public Schools instead will be offering free distance learning opportunities for all students and sponsor several virtual experiences this summer.

Summer offerings will provide secondary students who failed courses with the ability to recover credits and allow those middle and high school students who received “no grade” designations in the fourth marking period a way to improve to a satisfactory level.

The following opportunities will be available online this summer:

Elementary School

  • Virtual Learning Buffet – Eight-week distance learning options for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade that will include weekly activities, challenges and experiences in core and encore subjects based on essential elements of the third and fourth marking periods. Participation in the Learning Buffet is voluntary and self-directed.

  • Summer

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