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NeuroArts Symposium at the Kravis Center Explores How Arts Can Transform Brain Function 

The performing arts center will team up with the Mind, Music and Movement Foundation for brain health.

The Mind, Music and Movement Foundation for Neurological Disorders (M3F) and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach will co-host A NeuroArts Symposium: Rhythms for the Brain. The symposium, sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, will take place in Persson Hall on March 23 and will provide attendees with information on how the arts can help to transform brain function.

“According to the American Art Therapy Association, individuals who engage in artistic experiences every few months enjoy a remarkable 31% lower risk of premature death compared to those who don’t,” says Diane Quinn, Kravis Center CEO. “As someone who has engaged in a lifetime of the arts, these statistics reinforce things we have always sensed, but now have proven research to back them up. Our esteemed speakers, true luminaries in their respective fields, will not only share their expertise but also empower participants to dive deeper themselves.”

Attendees will have various opportunities to participate and engage with the event throughout the day. Those holding VIP tickets will be personally escorted to the Khoury Family Dance Rehearsal Hall for an exclusive cocktail reception. The VIP guests will have a chance to interact with the keynote speakers and meet the author of Your Brain on Art, Susan Magsamen, during a book signing event.

“This is an amazing opportunity to invite the community to learn about the impact of the arts in medicine, research, and overall well-being,” says Beth Elgort, MSW, founder and CEO of M3F. “We encourage physicians, health practitioners, therapists, people living with neurodegenerative diseases and their families, along with caregivers, artists, teachers and medical and research students to join us. The collaboration with the Kravis Center allows us to educate a larger, diverse audience about the importance of the work being done in the field of research, arts and medicine.”

The researchers and leaders participating on March 23 include:

  • Susan Magsamen (guest of honor), Founder and executive director of the International Arts + Lab and author of “Your Brain on Art”.
  • Brian Harris, founder and CEO of MEDRhythms, will share his expertise with an engaging neurotherapeutics demonstration along with audience participation.
  • David Leventhal, program director and founding teacher of Dance for PD®, will share the power of movement by guiding participants through a dance demonstration.
  • Dr. Patricia Izbicki, Ph.D., neuroscientist and medical science liaison at Octave and Dr. Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., director of community engagement and programming, FAU Brain Institute research assistant professor, will share their knowledge on neuroscience.
  • Dr. Jason Hao, DOM at Hao Acupuncture Clinics, will explore the modern applications of acupuncture.
  • Lilia Drew, movement specialist at M3F will conduct an energetic demonstration.
  • The panel discussion and Q&A will include the minds of Jennifer R. Buczyner, MD, Comprehensive Neurology of the Palm Beaches; Dr. Arif Dalvi, MD, Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute; Dr. Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director at FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute; Dr. Amre Nouh, MD, MBA, FAHA, regional chair of neurology at Cleveland Clinic Florida; and Dr. Catherine Drourr, MD, Concierge Medicine of Jupiter.

Supporters of the event include South Florida PBS, Palm Health Foundation and Max Planck.

The event registration fee is $65 which covers a boxed lunch provided by Lessing’s Hospitality Group. Additionally, there is a VIP Cocktail Reception that requires a ticket priced at $100 per person. Registration is mandatory and the event has limited space. It is an in-person event, but there is an option to join the event virtually via Zoom for a registration fee of $25.

To register for the symposium in person or online, please visit www.kravis.org/events/rhythms-for-the brain-a-neuroarts-symposium. To purchase tickets for the VIP reception with the speakers, visit www.m3f.org/event-details/rhythms-for-the-brain-a-neuroarts-symposium.

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