THE ARTS
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FACT SHEET
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IMPACT POINTS

The arts literally make your brain grow. Participating in the visual arts for as little as 10 weeks has been shown to increase the resiliency and neural connectivity of the brain, making for increased self-awareness and better memory processing.

After a year of singing in a chorale, older adults visited their doctor an average of 2.5 times less per year. This saves $500 per person, or up to $43.3 billion for the 86.7 million older adults in the US each year.

Bolwerk, A. et al. How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity. PLOS ONE, 2014, 9(7). Retrieved March 30, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4077746/

Cohen, G., Perlstein, S., Chapline, J., Kelly, J., Firth, K., & Simmens, S. (2006, December 1). The Impact of Professional Conducted Cultural Programs on the Physical Health, Mental Health, and Social Functioning of Older Adults [Electronic version]. The Gerontologist, 46(6), 726–734. Retrieved 26 January 2018 from https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/46/6/726/584645

EXAMPLES OF PRACTICE

Before I Die

New Orleand, Louisiana

Before I Die is an international project created by Candy Chang originally on the walls of an abandoned house in New Orleans. After the death of a loved one she decided to paint the house with chalk board paint with the words "Before I Die" inviting

Artists-In-Residence are carefully selected and trained to work within the hospital setting to offer elderly patients the opportunity to participate in the creative process. AIRs commit to a minimum of one year of work, working one day each week, as a

ORGANIZATIONS

Alternate ROOTS

Alternate ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and protection of the natural world. It supports artists who have a commitment to their communities and those whose cultural work strives for social justice.

Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT)

CHICAT works to elevate the talents, culture, and community through the arts and technology, in the belief that united communities are stronger and have more opportunity and vitality.

The Arts & Social Impact Explorer was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

This fact sheet was developed as part
of the Arts + Social Impact Explorer
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