Creating Art Together is a Salve for Our Collective Psyche
SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE | MARCH 22, 2020
Kathleen Hansen is Choral Conductor for San Diego Chorus, San Diego Women’s Chorus and Sun Harbor Chorus
As children, we sought the comforting feeling of “home”: curling up in a favorite blankie, cuddling with a pet, or giggling with a best friend. Growing up, many people found that place of safety making music in bands, orchestras and choirs. One of the reasons I became a conductor was to create an environment to provide others with that feeling, that space, that experience.
Once the realities of adulthood set in, there are few and precious spaces where we can join together with vulnerability to explore and express the feelings that we may otherwise hold in or lose touch with. Creating art together is a salve for our collective psyche that gives us rest in a fast-paced world.
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Kathleen Hansen sees community as the cure to the illness of hate and violence, especially the community found in music groups. Over her 20-year history as a choral conductor and music teacher, she has witnessed the power of music in transforming lives. She has seen how it draws people together despite their differences and helps them develop compassion for others.
"Music is such a gentle entry into the world of what other people are experiencing,” Hansen says. "It creates room for empathy toward another person’s story rather than fear, bias or misunderstanding."
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