At Philarthropic we are artists and art lovers – for all of us art is part of our emotional process. Our work helps us to find the key to sharing that experience and using it as a tool for transformation. The artistic process creates an intimate connection to our subconscious, as much in the creative moment as in our perception and insight.
Art therapy, substantiated by neuroscientific research as a practice that contributes to the improvement of physical, mental, and emotional health, acts as a catalyst – a form of positive sublimation. For those with difficulties in articulating their emotions, art therapy can provide a means of communication with the subconscious in a unique way.
ART THERAPY FOR AT RISK GROUPS
We've worked with patients with cancer, people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and foster children. Currently, we do ongoing work in several centers and hospitals offering art therapy sessions to people in various contexts:
Obra Social Santa Lluïsa de Marillac (Barcelona) | Group and individual sessions for vulnerable populations including the homeless, those suffering from disease, as well as prison inmates. The sessions make use of the creative process to form stable links between these at risk groups and their places of residence, rebuilding and improving the self-image of each participant.
In 2018, we initiated a collaboration with artepaliativo.org ↗ to share and compare results, while also finding projects to work on together. Alongside this organization we offer art therapy to people in palliative care or those in other stages of advanced illness:
Hospital Santa Caterina (Salt) | Individual sessions with young people and adults who are in the terminal phase of a disease. The sessions explore the capacity of art as a source of liberation, expression and transformation in the final stage of the life, trying to provide emotional relief, wellness, and relaxation.
Residencia Sant Miquel (Sant Miquel de Gonteres) | Group sessions for the elderly. Through artistic creation, the sessions foster the stimulation of communication and cognition – encouraging self-esteem, autonomy and social interaction, as well as a decrease in stress and anxiety, facilitating the thought of the here and now.
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
We invest time and resources in research and development activities in order to improve the methodology and techniques we use, and thus offering benefit to a greater part of society:
"The Philarthropic Method" | We Are developing our own model to explore the benefits of art therapy and to create a new and clear framework for each group of people we work with. Our method includes a test exclusively designed which is taken by patients at the before treatment and once again at the end, providing us with a way to evaluate the changes produced, both the emotional impact and the changes they see to their everyday lives. Together with the test, we study the uses and effects of various artistic mediums and the influence that they have on the patients.
An international network of art therapists | We want to take this fieldwork a step further and establish an international network of art therapists in order to compare, share and debate processes and results. Our work is done in coordination with other art therapists, both on a national and international level, aiming to create a working and cooperating network that can enrich us all and allow us to develop a method with benefits that can improve society.