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Arts & The Brain


Co-Presented by Strathmore & AARP Maryland

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.

All events take place at AMP at Pike & Rose. Tickets are $25 per event.

Strathmore Stars and AARP members receive $5 off each session! Stars: login to have the discount automatically applied. AARP members: use your AARP-provided redemption code or call the Strathmore Ticket Office at 301.581.5100. 

Light refreshments will be available to order at the bar and include hummus and crudité, a selection of healthy wraps, snack-sized bites, beer, wine, juices, coffee, and tea. 

Doors open 60 minutes before each event. 


Upcoming Sessions

Alive InsideALIVE INSIDE: 
Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Co-presented by Strathmore, AARP, and Montgomery Hospice
Tue, Nov 5, 7pm

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, this stirring documentary chronicles the astonishing effects of music on individuals experiencing memory loss. It follows numerous visionaries in healthcare, including social worker and founder of the nonprofit Music and Memory Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. The film also features illuminating interviews with experts such as renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks; healthcare professionals Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Al Powers, Naomi Fiel; and musician Bobby McFerrin. 

Join us for a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with experts from Montgomery Hospice
Geoff Coleman, MD, MHA, Chief Medical Officer
Christiane Wiese, Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies
Jenny Lynn Moyer, MT-BC, FAMI, Music Therapist



Yoko K. Sen
Tue, Nov 19, 7pm

What do you remember hearing in hospitals and what did you want to hear? What is the first sound you remember hearing and what do you wish could be the last? 

Several years ago, classically trained musician and Strathmore Artist in Residence alum Yoko K. Sen had unexpected health complications and spent many hours in hospitals.  Disturbed by the cacophony of noises around her, she embarked on a mission to transform healthcare by reimagining the sound environment of hospitals in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital, Stanford Medicine X, TEDMED, and medical device companies.  

Join Sen as she takes you on a journey to listen to the world of healthcare like a musician and discusses noise as a symptom of our culture, how sound reveals the importance of caring for caregivers, and the future of auditory alarm design. Noise is pain; listening is loving.



The Arts & the Brain series is co-presented by Strathmore & AARP Maryland

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The screening of Alive Inside is also co-presented by Montgomery Hospice

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