CHM Arts is dedicated to the idea that art has a crucial role to play on both individual and societal levels in the process of creating and maintaining health and well-being.
In healing practices, it can be said that the first key to physical health is the ability of the body to express itself, to communicate what it is feeling and experiencing. The second key can be described as the ability of the healer to understand and to be empathetic with the condition that is being expressed. This is equally true of other dimensions of health and well-being, whether mental, cultural or societal. In his famous essay, 'What Is Art', the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy described the activity of art as being 'based on the fact that a man, receiving through his sense of hearing or sight another man's expression of feeling, is capable of experiencing the emotion which moved the man who expressed it.' One of the chief ailments of contemporary society in general, and Hong Kong society in particular, is the growing sense of isolation and alienation experienced by many even in the midst of exploding populations. Numerous studies in fields such as medicine and sociology have pointed to the potential of an engagement with the arts as a means to increase levels of well-being in areas such as mental health, social inclusion and levels of empowerment.
CHM Arts seeks to:
In collaboration with the Birch Foundation and with the generous support of Louis Vuitton, CHM Project Arts hosted an art forum at the ArtisTree on 14 May 2010.