Human Connection Through Art

Human Connection Through Art


Art is absolutely one of those universal forms of expression. [piano music] The amazing thing about art is that because you’re not tied into a particular verbal language because you’re not tied into needing a cultural background to understand a piece of art, that learning to communicate visually is really empowering. It’s really the universal language. Follow me! Follow me crew. So we are walking through these paintings which were… [strings music] So one of the amazing things about using art with individuals with disabilities is that often times we are dealing with people who are nonverbal or who struggle to express themselves verbally and so unfortunately they have historically been misunderstood by society kept removed from being included in the larger community and art breaks down that barrier. My name is Rachel Cohen and I am an educator at the Museum of Modern Art and I am working to bring our collection and art making experiences to the individuals at HeartShare. [Veleka] Cheese! [Everyone] Cheese! [Veleka] Oh kay! [upbeat music] It’s called Dadaglobe. So Dada. D-A-D-A, is an art movement. [VO] What programs like MoMA does is essential we get caught up in this idea that art history is this academic field that nobody understands. That it’s very far removed. Museums are only for a particular group of people and that’s just incredibly flawed at its core. Individuals with disabilities, for a long time they were underestimated and it was, “Well they can’t do this.” “They can’t understand this painting. They can’t paint like that.” and every time I visit a day-hab program, I meet an artist with disabilities, it’s proven wrong and it’s proven wrong time and time again. Wow! Showing art is a form of community inclusion it’s a risk that is taken but it’s also a form of finding a role, finding a place within this larger sphere they can express themselves, people can feel that expression, and then of course it comes down to that empowerment of being included in a larger community. I think they have to say in many ways what all of us have to say who we are, where we are in this world I think the greatest thing about the art work and what I see in the artwork is the individual it’s an amazing form of connection.

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