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Arts & the Mind explores the vital role the arts play in human development during youth and older age. This two-part documentary shares stories of how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater markedly improve well-being at both ends of life, and reveals the cutting-edge science that explains the powerful, positive impact of the arts on our brains.

Showcasing some of the nation’s most innovative and successful arts programs plus the work of leading American educators and scientists, Arts & the Mind illuminates:

  • How the arts can improve children’s school performance as well as keep our brains agile and sharp into old age.
  • How teenagers find meaning and hope through poetry at a renowned L.A. program supported by actor Tim Robbins.
  • How the arts help heal children in hospitals and veterans with PTSD.
  • Why one of America’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers advises that dance is the single most effective way to ward off dementia.
  • And much more, including a program website featuring resources for parents, educators and health professionals.

PBS Plus feed September 10, 2012. Digital educational and community engagement tools available in September 2012.

Excerpt Featuring Lisa Kudrow
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Dancing to Ward Off Dementia
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Arts & the Mind (AMND, 101-102) (2/60)
PBS Plus feed: Mon 9/10/12, 1300-1500 ET/HD03

Description:
ARTS & THE MIND explores the vital role the arts play in human development during youth and older age. This two-part documentary shares stories of how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater markedly improve well-being at both ends of life, and reveals the cutting-edge science that explains the powerful, positive impact of the arts on our brains.

Produced By:
tpt National Productions and Eaton Creative

Host and Narrator:
Lisa Kudrow

Writer/Producer/Director:
Leo Eaton

Editor:
Barbara Ballow

Executive Producer:
Gerry Richman

Funding:
Major funding is provided by MetLife Foundation.

For more information contact:

Station Relations: Elaine Powell | epowell@tpt.org | 651-229-1378
Engagement & Interactive: Heidi Van Heel | hvanheel@tpt.org | 651-229-1436


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