The Arts Factor: The Art of Observation
INNOVATION: Arts and culture provide an excellent return on investment, helping to create and retain an innovative workforce and create vibrant neighborhoods. In fact, according to a study by the Knight Foundation, opportunities to engage with arts and culture influenced whether people loved where they lived more than any other available social offering and showed a connection to higher GDP growth.
Boston’s medical and dental schools turn to the arts to help students and practitioners hone their ability to interpret visual evidence, collaborate more effectively, and connect more meaningfully with patients.
Courses at Harvard Medical School and the Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry offer first-year students opportunities to examine and discuss patterns and textures in works of art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to strengthen their powers of perception and communication. Brigham and Women’s Hospital builds skills in the diagnosis and treatment of patients by offering a similar course at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Innovative programs like these illustrate the positive impact the arts can have in improving health care outcomes and the quality of patient care.
Learn more about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Education Programs here: http://www.mass-creative.org/gardner_s_vision_for_the_arts
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