TPT premieres ‘Arts and the Mind’

Tomorrow night TPT will premiere a two-part documentary on the role art plays in both developing and healing the human brain.

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Dancer Maria Genne in a still from “Arts & The Mind” which airs tomorrow night at 8pm on TPT2

Hosted by actress Lisa Kudrow (known best for her role in the TV show Friends), ARTS & THE MIND looks at how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater can improve physical and mental well-being in the young and old.

Footage for the program was shot around the country, but according to Executive Producer Gerry Richman it includes three major Twin Cities components: Maria Genne’s intergenerational dance project Kairos Alive and her Dancing Heart Program, which brings dance to nursing homes; art therapy programs at Mpls Children’s Hospital; and a moving segment featuring veterans with PTSD viewing artwork about previous wars at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The profiles of successful art programs is interwoven with the insights of leading American neurologists, psychologists and educators.

The underlying message of the show is that art is not a “luxury,” but central to the development of the human brain in youth and keeping minds sharp as they age.

Episode One airs tomorrow night at 8pm on TPT2; Episode Two airs on Friday Sept. 21.

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