It is clear from experience that the arts can have positive impact within community building, social competence, and creative expression. But the arts can be equally traumatizing when ability and expression do not align. Thus, we are investigating the potential for healing and harm within arts-based practices. Harm can include accidental injury as well as unintentional byproducts of processes that call for vulnerability.
One major area of inquiry within this project is methodology that targets the gap between perception and reality. What happens when people feel they are doing good in the moment, but later discover that the experience was less supportive than they imagined? What happens when people experience discomfort, only to realize major shifts in thinking leading to healing?
Proposed outcomes for Healing and Harm are field guides to supporting ethical creative practice in the form of digital resources.