Arts & The Brain: Arts for Aging

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30pm

The Mansion


Arts for Aging

Janine Tursini, Arts for the Aging, Inc (AFTA)
Jehan El-Bayoumi, MD, FACP, George Washington University
Wall Matthews, AFTA Teaching Artist

As the health and scientific fields discover more about the human brain, what the artistic community has known all along is being confirmed! Regular engagement in the arts is healthy for the brain, body and soul. Experience first-hand through expressions of voice and body how artistic engagement promotes good health and well-being. In this interactive lecture, you'll learn about the research showing how arts engagement supports healthy aging, get ideas for how to add art to your life, and participate in musical exercises. This event is intended for a general adult audience, from seniors to family members to caregivers. 

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Arts & The Brain: Arts for Aging

About the Presenters
Janine Tursini is the Director and CEO of Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA), which delivers personalized, high-quality arts experiences to older adults throughout the Washington, DC, area. Under Tursini’s leadership, AFTA has been recognized as an exemplary organization by the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland Department of Aging, and Catalogue for Philanthropy. She serves on the Education Council for Health Equity in Graduate Medical Education with the Rodham Institute of George Washington University (GWU) and the Montgomery County Executive’s Age-Friendly Advisory Group.

Jehan El-Bayoumi, MD, FACP is a professor at The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in addition to having an active clinical practice. She served as clerkship director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at GW for many years prior to becoming the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director in 1998, serving in that role for 15 years. El-Bayoumi has served on the boards of the Center for Women Policy Studies, National Women’s Health Network, Arts for the Aging, and Whitman-Walker Health. She founded the Rodham Institute to educate the next generation of health care professionals on how to achieve health equity in the DC community.

AFTA Teaching Artist Wall Matthews is a composer and performer (guitar, piano, percussion) whose career began in 1968. He was a founding member of the visionary Entourage Music and Theater Ensemble which released two critically acclaimed recordings for Smithsonian Folkways in the early 70’s. Since then he has had a solo career performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From 1978 – 1994 he served as Composer In Residence for Dance at Connecticut College, where he composed music for such companies as The Royal Danish Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet. He has released 9 critically acclaimed solo recordings. From 1994-2012, as Vice President of Creative for Clean Cuts Music, he composed and produced music The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and The History Channel, as well as numerous independent film projects and national ad agencies. He was nominated in 2010 for an Emmy, for his work on Yellowstone: Battle For Survival. He currently resides in Columbia, MD, where in addition to his ongoing solo work, he is a co-founder of Dancing Egg Music, an original custom music company.

About the Series: Arts & The Brain
The therapeutic power of art—to comfort, to heal, to elevate quality of life—has inspired human creativity for centuries. Strathmore’s Arts and the Brain lecture series engages teachers, scholars, and artists working at the intersection of arts and health to present innovative, practical strategies for harnessing the arts to alleviate suffering and strengthen vitality.

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