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Learn The Science Behind Cultivating Creative Rituals


by Therese Powell 17 Jun 2020 6:00 AM

Every day on Art&Seek, we’re talking to people who have tips on art in this time of social distancing.  Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram, or @artandseek on Twitter. Click above to hear Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts, share her tip with KERA’s Nilufer Arsala. 

Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts

What’s the biological basis for circadian rhythm? How can creatives — professional and amateur — mitigate stress and anxiety using proven methods to cultivate healthy, creative rituals?

Those are just some of  the questions being addressed at a virtual panel discussion presented by the Business Council for the Arts on June 18.

“The discussion is the first in a series of webinars focusing on how the arts can positively impact mental health and wellness,” said said Business Council of the Art’s CEO Katherine Wagner.

“Our first webinar addresses circadian rhythm, which refers to our internal clocks and how they affect our ability to operate in the world including our clarity of thought and our ability to problem solve.”

Exploring the biological, commercial and creative implications of circadian rhythm will be the following experts:

Andrew Moore-Ede, the Director of Client Services for CIRCADIAN, is an expert in the design and implementation of Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) in transportation and industrial 24/7 operations. Andrew has worked with major corporations conducting fatigue, workload and staffing risk assessments, as well as implementing fatigue training programs and leading shift scheduling projects to help optimize the health, safety and productivity of shift workers.

Joseph Takahashi, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Takahashi has pioneered the use of forward genetics and positional cloning in the mouse as a tool for discovery of genes underlying neurobiology and behavior, and his discovery of the mouse and human clock genes led to a description of a conserved circadian clock mechanism in animals.

The discussion will be moderated by KERA News Mental Health Reporter Syeda Hasan. Her work has been heard nationally on shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PBS NewsHour and Marketplace.

Upcoming Arts & Health webinars:

July 16, 12 p.m.
Through a Physicians Camera
Dr. Bill Dauer (Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute) and Peter Poulides (Dallas Center for Photography)

August 20, 12 p.m.
The Artist as Patient
Jerry Skibell (North Texas artist) and his neurologist Dr. Madhavi

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