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Arts Health Benefits Education Series - Dr. Niyati Dhokai, GMU

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Release Date: 09/23/2021

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Dr. Thalia Goldstein from George Mason University's Applied Developmental Psychology  Department, talked about the many studies providing strong evidence on the benefits of being involved in theater and children developing social and emotional understanding and empathy. Less detention issues, higher school attendance, better grades and test scores, more regulated emotions, being able to express themselves in a healthy way, and better social skills are some the benefits of theatrical activity for children.

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Lisa Richards Toney, President of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals provides such insightful responses to the issue of cultural equity, as well as responds to demands made by our BIPOC leaders in this series. Lisa offers several "first steps" for White American Theater leaders to take to start making progress, the importance of BIPOC voices at the decisionmaking table, advice on getting more BIPOC Board members, and how critical it is to offer paid internships to theater students.

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Arts Health Benefits Education Series - Episode 2: Dr. Niyati Dhokai, the Director of the Veterans and the Arts Initiative Program at George Mason University talks about how effective music therapy is for Veterans returning from active duty, battling PTSD and other injuries, and how their families and children benefit from these sessions. Among some of the benefits achieved are more feelings of relaxation, improved sense of well-being, more effective social interaction skills and the development of a sense of comfort outside the rehab center. Also find out what additional research she is working on and what areas she sees necessitate additional study.