Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Webinar on the Arts and Human Development

Please see the announcement below regarding a free webinar discussing the connection between community engagement, the arts, health, and human development.

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On February 29, The National Endowment for the Arts hosts a public webinar to extend the conversation of the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, a new alliance of 14 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.  Task force members include representatives from agencies and offices within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and others.  This series of quarterly webinars will share compelling research and practices along with information about funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development across federal agencies. Future webinars will take place May 30, Aug. 1, and Oct. 3, 2012.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, EST Webinar will feature presentation on The Gamelan Project and collaboration between an ethnomusicologist/composer and neuroscientists that explores cognitive development

Guests and speakers

·         Sunil Iyengar, NEA Director of Research & Analysis, will moderate the webinar 

·         Dr. Soo-Siang Lim, Director, Science of Learning Centers Program, National Science Foundation

·         Presenting The Gamelan Project: ethnomusicologist, performer, and composer Alexander Khalil and neuroscientists Andrea Chiba and Victor Minces from the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, University of California San Diego.

The webinar is free and open to the public.  No registration is required. 

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at 202-682-5606 or

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