Why Art for Peace

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1. The act of making a decision and taking action in creating a work of art, no matter how small, uses the prefrontal and neo-cortex, the thinking brain. The artistic activity takes people out of using the basal ganglia/brain stem region, where territoriality and survival worry take place.  Pain relieving endorphins, connecting serotonin and positive feeling oxytocin is released when creating art. Thus, people are in a different head and heart space than when there is only talking.

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2. Creativity requires vulnerability, so people are automatically more open, often without even realizing it.

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3. Expressing one’s inner experience and seeing the inner experience of someone else, increases trust.

4. Playing with each other allows people to shift rigid views.

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5. Achieving the small visible goal of creating a work of art together is practice for achieving larger, more complex goals.

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