Art as Therapy: Spreading Joy Through the Arts


Art therapy is a form of therapeutic intervention that uses the creative process of making art to help individuals express themselves and promote healing. The event organized by Funun Arts Group and Gargash Hospital, titled “Art Therapy,” aimed to showcase the power of art in contributing to a person’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
The founders of Funun Arts, Shiba Khan and Farah Khan, emphasized the importance of art in human happiness and how it can positively impact individuals’ lives. They believe that every art event should leave a lasting positive impact on the community and provide attendees with a new and enriching experience.
Ghada Sawalmah, CEO of Gargash Hospital, recognized that art can mean different things to different people and that during difficult times, doctors and staff may become reclusive, worsening their emotional distress. The purpose of the art therapy session was not to eliminate their suffering but to show them that art can be a medium of expression. The collaboration between Funun Arts experts, hospital staff, and patients allowed the participants to delve into their inner selves and express their feelings through art, potentially supporting their healing process.

Lubna Naeem, Director of Operations at Gargash Hospital, highlighted the therapeutic power of colors in bringing relaxation and happiness to individuals. Creating art allows everyone to express themselves artistically, which can aid in understanding inner conflicts, channeling emotions, reducing stress, and improving self-esteem.
Overall, the event showcased the significant role of art therapy in supporting the well-being of individuals, and the collaboration between Funun Arts Group and Gargash Hospital demonstrated their commitment to giving back to the community and promoting holistic healing.
The participating artists are: Afshan Nawaz Khan, Ami Sanghavi, Anjini Prakash Laitu, Debra S. Mascarenhas, Dr. Malini Karani, Dr.Poonam Chauhan, Jyoti Devdhar, Mussarat Yasmin Abid, Pari Sagar, Sabah Anees, Shiba Khan, Susmitha Dhruva Chitradurga, Tumpa Banerjee and Veena Devagiri.
Sultana Kazim, A legendary artist and also the representative of the Museum of Americas, believes that, “Art is often seen as a form of therapy that can have profound emotional and psychological benefits.”
Ahmad Al Awadhi: As an artist, Mr. Ahmad believes that art has a magical quality to bring happiness and alleviate suffering. The analogy of an artist’s palette being filled with colors represents the potential of art to enrich and add vibrancy to life. He looks forward to more opportunities to give back to the community through art, recognizing it as a powerful means of self-expression.

Sabah Anees: As an Indian artist, Sabah Anees expresses her joy and gratitude for being part of the event. She acknowledges the inherent power of colors to bring calmness and smiles to people’s faces. For her, the ability to create such smiles is a precious and rewarding experience. She thanks Funun Arts for organizing the event and providing the opportunity to spread happiness through art.
Pari Sagar: Pari Sagar, an Indian artist and representative of Be Attractive Magazine, reflects on the purpose of art in life. She recognizes that art has the unique ability to evoke a wide range of emotions, including joy, sorrow, and anger. This shows the depth and impact art can have on individuals by allowing them to experience and connect with different feelings and experiences.
The Pakistani artist, Mussarat Yasmin, sees art as an effort to create a more humane world, alongside the real world we live in. This highlights the role of art as a transformative force that can inspire empathy, compassion, and understanding among people, thus contributing to a better society.
Veena Devagari, an Indian artist, beautifully describes art as a unifying force that brings people together and instills a sense of peace. Art allows individuals to express their emotions and feelings, fostering a sense of connection and shared experiences among diverse communities.
Overall, these quotes underscore the profound impact of art in enriching human experiences, promoting well-being, and fostering a sense of unity and understanding in the world. They reflect the belief that art goes beyond aesthetics and plays a vital role in shaping emotions, perceptions, and societal values.

About Gargash Hospital:
Gargash Hospital is UAE’s first female-owned, multi-specialty, tertiary care hospital with primary focus on women and childcare. It is my distinct honor to be recognized as the first female Emirati gynecologist and IVF specialist in the UAE, who took the lead on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Family Health.

About Funun Arts:
Funun Arts sounds like a dynamic and inclusive platform that fosters the growth and promotion of art and creativity. It serves as a vibrant community where artists, designers, photographers, and creative minds can come together to showcase their talents and collaborate on various projects. The platform focuses on supporting emerging artists, cultural practitioners, and creative entrepreneurs, providing them with an affordable space to express their creativity and showcase their work.
Funun Arts emphasizes the importance of artistic freedom and offers opportunities for artists to exhibit their work both locally and internationally. Through collaborations with galleries and participation in international art fairs, Funun Arts helps artists reach a broader audience and gain exposure on the global art scene.
With over a thousand multinational artists as part of its community, Funun Arts provides a diverse and inclusive space for artists from different backgrounds to connect and share their artistic visions. By creating a bridge between artists, art collectors, enthusiasts, architects, and interior designers, Funun Arts facilitates a comprehensive ecosystem that supports the appreciation and acquisition of art.
Overall, Funun Arts plays a vital role in nurturing the art community, encouraging creativity, and promoting cultural exchange and understanding through art. Its commitment to providing accessible spaces and opportunities for artists to thrive makes it an asset in the art world, both within the UAE and beyond.

An anchor with NABC TV for almost 10 years. Also co-anchors prime-time market shows like Morning Breakfast, Traders only, Markets Mid-day and NSE Closing Bell.

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