Arts & Minds programs have been formally studied and published at conferences in the fields of art, museums and medicine 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 at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Carolyn Halpin-Healy (2015)

Museum and Society

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.

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Changing Medical Student Perceptions of Dementia: An Arts-Centered Experience

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

Neurology 

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 non-medical setting may allow students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of quality of life and disease management in everyday life.

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A museum experience for patients may benefit medical students

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

Neurology

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.

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Changing medical student perceptions of dementia

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

American Academy of Neurology, Poster Session

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

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