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Weaving Traditional Arts Into the Fabric of Community Health

January 20, 2012

Traditional Artists
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in October,  published the study “Weaving Traditional Arts Into the Fabric of Community Health”.  The study was based on a non-scientific hunch: that immigrants and others who maintain and cultivate their traditional cultural practices reap positive health benefits.

Not surprisingly, interviews by UC Davis researchers revealed that the practice of traditional arts has manifold positive effects: contributing to spiritual and emotional growth; physical vigor; strengthening of personal and community identity; and mitigation of historical trauma, especially for Native Americans and refugees. The arts also provide a welcome distraction from illness and an enhanced respect for elders.

Click on the image to see an article about the report. And click on this link for the full report, http://www.actaonline.org/sites/default/files/images/docs/briefing.pdf

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