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The Kennedy Center and NIH Announce Sound Health

“I hoped we could share and amplify the exciting work being done where science and music intersect, by bringing these two great institutions together for this initiative.” — Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter

  • expand current levels of knowledge and understanding of how listening, performing, or creating music involves intricate circuitry in the brain that could be harnessed for health and wellness applications in daily life;
  • explore ways to enhance the potential for music as therapy for neurological disorders across the human lifespan;
  • identify future opportunities for research, and;
  • create public awareness about how the brain functions and interacts with music.
A complete list of arts and wellness offerings at the Kennedy Center can be found here.
  • noted improv/comedy troupe Second City will engage with audiences to teach Improv for Anxiety on February 18;
  • dance and movement lessons led by Joy of Motion will take place monthly beginning February 26;
  • Sound Health: Community Yoga,” free public yoga sessions in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer, will take place biweekly on Saturday mornings beginning March 4;
  • electronic musician Yoko K. Sen, who creates individual harmonic soundscapes for hospital patients, performs on April 16; and
  • Stic, of the Hip Hop group Dead Prez, brings his focus on healthy living to the Kennedy Center with a performance and a healthy food demonstration on April 28, and a group 5K run/walk on April 29.



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