Arts & Minds programs have been formally studied and published at conferences in the fields of art, museums and medicine (neurology) as platform presentations, posters, and scholarly articles. In brief, our findings identify both qualitative and quantitative benefits of the individual experiences, over time. In addition, our programs have a demonstrable effect on a larger circle of individuals touched by Arts & Minds, including museum staff and medical students.

Multi-cultural Dialogue and Transformative Learning

Carolyn Halpin-Healy (2015)

ABSTRACT: Research is beginning to document the impact of museums on the cognitive and emotional health of people with dementia (PWD) and those who care for them. At the Studio Museum in Harlem, Arts & Minds programs have created a dynamic learning environment for the very forgetful through dialogic interpretation of art and expressive art making.

Report from the Field: Multi-cultural Dialogue and Transformative Learning in Arts & Minds Programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem’, Museum and Society, (13) 2, 172-187

Changing medical student perceptions of dementia

H. J. Roberts and J. M. Noble, MD (2015)

ABSTRACT: Medical students’ comfort level working with dementia is poorly understood, and may impact subsequent experiences with patients and caregivers. Early experiences that take place in a nonmedical setting may allow students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of quality of life and disease management in everyday life.

Education Research: Changing medical student perceptions of dementia: an arts-centered experience. Neurology. 2015 Aug 25;85(8):739-41

A museum experience for patients may benefit medical students

Marcia D. Childress and Donna Chen, MD (2015)

Roberts and Noble add to a growing consensus about the value of museum-based arts activities in medical education. Such activities may positively influence students’ formation as compassionate, clinically adept physicians able to care for persons whose diagnoses, dispositions, and dire prognoses may be difficult to bear.

Art and Alzheimer dementia: a museum experience for patients may benefit medical students.

Neurology. 2015 Aug 25;85(8):663-4.

Academic Presentation: Changing medical student perceptions of dementia

H. J. Roberts and J. M. Noble, MD (2014)

Participating in non-clinical, museum-based experiences alongside patients with dementia and their caregivers improves medical student attitudes towards dementia.

Study medical students’ perceptions of dementia relative to attending a non-clinical, museum- based, art-centered experience designed for people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Museum programs: dementia patient apathy and caregiver well-being

H.J. Roberts, C. Halpin-Healy, R. McGinnis, and J.M. Nobel, MD

Art-centered experiences may improve caregiver burden and well-being. We study the potential impact of art-centered museum based programs on caregiver burden and patient apathy.

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How Might You…? Seeking Inquiry in the Museum Studio

Hollie Ecker & Sarah Mostow

Arts & Minds teaching artists discuss their approach to art making workshops for children.  This approach has been adapted and modified for adult participants at Arts & Minds to great success.

Journal of Museum Education, Volume 40, Number 2, pages 207-215