Arts & Human Development Task Force

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When I was seven years old there were a lot of art materials around the house. Blocks, clay, paint, paper—I loved to make things. My grandmother was an artist and my grandfather an inventor, and I had caught the bug. I would squeeze and sculpt Sculpey, a polymer clay my grandfather had...
“These thoughts did not come in any verbal formulation. I rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterward.” -- Albert Einstein (Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu – Boston 1977) What makes a scientist a creative scientist? In...
Last September, in opening remarks during a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the arts and aging , I posed some questions about research in this field. As reported in Aging and the Arts: Building the Science (2013), an account of the workshop, jointly sponsored by the NEA and the National...
The number of older adults is rapidly increasing throughout the world. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the number of adults over age 65 in the U.S. will almost double by 2030. There is a pressing need to develop novel, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches for promoting health and well-...
Culture is one of those words whose meaning can expand in many different directions, to a degree of inclusiveness that can induce vertigo. Still, for those of us in cultural policy, it can be refreshing if not downright inspirational to see the concept used in a way which, while recognizing the...
"Is art the fountain of youth? What are the potentials and how can we exploit them?" So asked David Reuben, chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. As moderator, Reuben asked the first of many questions at last Friday's workshop on Research...
In education today, there is much debate about how to close the achievement gap. Yet, for a number of schools with which The Center for Arts Education (CAE) partners, nine of which participate in CAE’s U.S. Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD)...
Local teens experiment with music software in the Hirshhorn’s YOUmedia center. Photo by Maya Munoz The Hirshhorn is known as the Smithsonian’s contemporary and modern art museum, but in October 2011, when it opened its YOUmedia space, ARTLAB+, it also became a new home for budding young...
As a dad, I know that my seven-year-old son’s summer arts program makes him a happy camper. He spends his days at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, and painting with his buddies. That has to be good for him. Right? As a social scientist studying...
In my position as Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Department of Health and Human Services I oversee programs administered by the Administration on Aging . As a federal advocate for older Americans, the Administration on Aging is dedicated to protecting the rights of older adults and helping...

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