Babak Bamdad, chief and director of the pharmacy department at New York's Lincoln Hospital, provides extensive community service in his spare time. Babak Bamdad often donates art supplies to homeless shelters that accept children, providing young people with chances to engage their creativity.
Children benefit from being able to participate in the arts, whether written, visual, performing, or musical. Children who engage in art develop greater creativity, gaining a sense of how to connect unrelated ideas and create new, innovative lines of thinking. As they use their senses, their synapses fire and new neural connections are made.
For young children, art also can help with physical development. Holding a pen, mixing colors, squeezing paint out of a tube, and similar activities are appropriate challenges for their level of physical development. Unlike other physical tasks, the child often will want to do them and improve their motor skills.
Emotionally, art helps children process feelings. Children often have difficulty expressing themselves or how they feel about the world around them in words. Art can help by providing a safe outlet for those feelings.
At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Babak Bamdad’s primary duties involve establishing and maintaining quality, performance, and productivity standards in accordance with those set by Presentation Medical Center.