Thursday, September 17, 2009

Comment on Dana Foundation research

The Dana Foundation has researched and documented what we at Imagination Stage have known for 30 years: “that focused training in any of the arts—such as music, dance or theater—strengthens the brain’s attention system, which in turn can improve cognition more generally.” (http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=23206). After 30 years in the arts education business we see daily the lived documents of success in our students – yes, some of our alums have found success on Broadway or television – but most are successful in other fields, for example, Executive Directors, Medical Doctors, University Professors, and the list goes on. On a daily basis, parents might find the effects are more subtle, but cumulatively they are monumental in both cognition and emotional understanding (the old, famed “Emotional Intelligence”). Plus, as we say a lot here at Imagination Stage, it is SERIOUS FUN!

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