Oct 02 2019
Nov 19 2019
Arts & The Brain

Arts & The Brain

Presented by Strathmore at AMP by Strathmore

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, fresh squeezed juices, and coffee.



Sarah Lenz Lock, JD
Wed, Oct 2, 7pm

Creative pursuits can stimulate the brain, helping it to become more resilient and resist memory loss, but questions abound from there: Are these effects only gained by creating art or is observing enough? Are certain types of art better than others for an aging brain? Does age affect our ability to be creative? What is the impact of art on people living with dementia? Join us to explore pressing questions and topics surrounding the impact of creativity on aging during the keynote discussion for Arts and the Brain 2019.


Jessica Phillips-Silver, PhD
Wed, Oct 16, 7pm

You know about the benefits of music on the mind and body, but how can you put the principles into practice? In this talk, you will learn about the effects of music on the brain from the perspective of neuroscience and brain development, exploring questions such as: How does music shape brain development from infancy through adulthood? Why did we evolve to sing and dance? How can I use music and dance to live healthfully and build meaningful connection with others? You will gain knowledge of the scientific evidence and practical tips for how to put that knowledge to work in your own life.


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

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

Admission Info


Phone: 301-581-5100

Email: strathmore@strathmore.org

Dates & Times

2019/10/02 - 2019/11/19

Location Info

AMP by Strathmore

11810 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Parking Info

There are 2 available parking garages at AMP, including a new one on Trade Street. Valet parking will also be available for a $5 fee. The Old Georgetown Road Garage, located at 11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852, is directly beneath AMP. The best way to enter the garage is by making a right turn directly into the garage from westbound Old Georgetown Road (between Grand Park Avenue and Executive Blvd). Follow the signs to the AMP elevator and go directly to level 4. The new Trade Street Garage is located at 11860 Trade Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852, right across from AMP and adjacent to the Per Sei apartments. Both are very convenient to the venue. PARKING RATES: First 2 hours FREE 2 to 3 hours $1 3 to 4 hours $3 4 to 5 hours $5 5 to 24 hours $20 Valet parking is also available for $5.

Accessibility Info

If you have any questions, please call 301.581.5100.