“RHYTHMS FOR THE BRAIN”: AN INTERACTIVE SYMPOSIUM

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Shari Stafford, David Leventhal and Maria Kelly

The Kravis enter and Mind Music and Movement Foundation partnered to expand knowledge on the connection of the arts and neuroscience 

MARCH 27, 2024 – Guests explored the connection between brain health and the arts recently at the one-day interactive symposium presented by the Mind, Music and Movement Foundation for Neurological Disorders (M3F) and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. “Rhythms for the Brain”, sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, and emceed by South Florida PBS host Frank Licari, was an interactive experience with movement, conversation and transformative insights.

Linda Kaye, Pat Bamdad and June Gara

“The ‘Rhythms for the Brain’ mission was dedicated to enlightening our community about the profound benefits of alternative therapies in enhancing brain function, reinforced by scientific understanding,” said Diane Quinn, Kravis Center CEO. “This inaugural event was a great success and brought many wonderful new partnerships our way!”

Artists, educators, physicians and health professionals as well as individuals living with neurodegenerative diseases, their families and care givers attended and participated in meditation, seated movements and dance demonstrations, as well as fascinating presentations by leading experts. Guests were invited to a private cocktail reception for exclusive networking opportunities and book signing with the speakers.

Esteemed presenters included David Leventhal, Brian Harris, Patricia Izbicki, Ph.D., Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., and Jason Hao, DOM.  Panelists include medical professionals:  Jennifer R. Buczyner, MD; Arif Dalvi, MD, MBA; Randy Blakely, Ph.D.; Amre Nouh, MD, MBA, FAHA; and Catherine Drourr, MD.  

“Attendees delved into the significant influence of incorporating arts into everyday life, backed by solid research,” said Beth Elgort, Founder of M3F. “This symposium illuminated the convergence of artistic expression and neuroscience which we at M3F practice and promote daily. We are so grateful to so many terrific partners for assisting our efforts in educating the community!”

In addition to M3F, participants had the opportunity to engage with other local South Florida resources including: the Parkinson’s Foundation, Simply Grab Bars, PACE Morse Life, Trustbridge, FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Alzheimer’s Association, BrightStar Care, PAM Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Jupiter, Palm Beach Acupuncture and Medtronics.

“Rhythms for the Brain” supporters included South Florida PBS, Palm Health Foundation, Max Planck, Visiting Angels and Supernus.

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is one of South Florida’s premier performing arts centers located in Downtown West Palm Beach. Since 1992 we’ve hosted the very best in live entertainment featuring world-class artists in music, comedy, dance, Broadway and more. Since opening our doors, we’ve welcomed millions of students to our comprehensive arts education programs.  Students of all ages have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, classes and special events, as well as free and reduced-price tickets to those who might not otherwise have the chance to experience live performances.  For information, please visit kravis.org.

M3F is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports comprehensive integrative programming that addresses movement, mobility, balance, speech, nutrition and mental well-being for people and their families living with a neurodegenerative disease. The foundation’s main objective is to instill hope, confidence, strength, wellness, friendship and commitment in class participants and their families. M3F programming is available in person and virtually. The socialization aspect for this specific group of people has positively influenced their mental health and well-being. For more information, please visit

 


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