Perspectives: Stories from PAFA

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If you’ve ever been emotionally moved by a painting, song, or poem, you understand the power of art to inspire and brighten our lives. As certified art therapist Dona Duncan has seen first-hand, art also has the power to help people experiencing a range of symptoms from PTSD and depression to anxiety and dementia. This fall, Duncan is embarking on the second year of the ARTZ in the Studio program. It is one of two classes at PAFA offered in partnership with ARTZ Philadelphia, which provides cultural and creative outlets for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Liza Samuel recently demonstrated her process for making oil-based paint, as a large group of students crowded around to watch. Her formulas have become the go-to paints for many fellow students—and teachers—at PAFA.