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NEA to host Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship between the Arts and Health and Well-Being in Older Adults

September 4, 2012 12:05 PM
The gathering will feature leading neuroscientists, psychologists, and researchers and practitioners in health and the arts, who will present findings from research on the arts and aging, in an effort to pinpoint gaps for future studies. This workshop is the latest project of the NEA's Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 14 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. 
The workshop is sponsored by the NEA with the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and National Institute on Aging. Speakers include: · 
Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Connie Citro, Senior Program Officer, Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council
Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Gottfried Schlaug, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard University Medical School 
Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Director, Multidisciplinary Center for Social Gerontology, Howard University 
Emmett Keeler, Senior Mathematician, RAND
Margie Lachman, Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology, Brandeis University 
Becca Levy, Head, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, Yale University School of Public Health
AMTA has been in communication with members of the NEA team that are responsible for the collection of research. AMTA also advocated to members of Congress to support the allocation of funding to the Interagency Task Force on Arts and Human Development, as a part of our "asks" during Arts Advocacy Day 2012.