UCLA Arts & Healing


I’ve been to three conferences this year. Why do I go to all these conferences? Why is healing important? How do I find mental health in music, art and writing?

It was a good conference. I took a workshop in singing, and one on creating cards that speak and one on voice that listens. DMH footed the bill. Why? Why is it important that people who are unemployed, without transportation, work histories, credit and sometimes homes and cellphones get to go to the LAX Hilton to be out of space with MFAs and PHDs with MACs and Kale Lunches and Smart Phones?

Art is a lot like society, I think. It’s starts with the doodles, and ends with opera, includes the actors and the gaffers and the people coughing in their recliners. There are no homeless in the orchestra. There is no “White Only” sign. This opera is the lyric…

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