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"Arts & The Mind" documentary features faculty, students

On Monday, May 9, PBS producers and film professionals visited St. Catherine University to collect footage for a two-hour documentary entitled “Arts & The Mind,” exploring the effects of the arts on human development and behavior at both ends of life.

The film crew documented research being conducted by faculty and graduate students in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT) programs and Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Kate’s on Monday. The mixed-methods research is being conducted with Kairos Dance Theater to evaluate the impact of arts-based programming with older adults.

As part of the project, the PBS film crew recorded a research meeting about the project that included OSOT faculty Catherine Sullivan, Ph.D., and Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., as well as Siri Rydholm '11 and Kelsey Schafer '11, who are both students in the OSOT master’s program at St. Kate’s. Rydholm and Schaffer will share portions of this research in a public presentation of their theses on June 26 in the Coeur de Catherine.

Lisa Dutton, a DPT faculty member who is also part of the research project, was not included in Monday’s taping due to a service learning trip. While on campus, the film crew collected footage from the OSOT roundtable meeting room and footage from the quad on the St. Paul campus, which will be included in the film.

The crew will also be filming Kairos Dance Theater events throughout the week, as well as a performance by saxophonist Irv Williams, age 91, at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant on Friday, May 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free performance. 

The documentary, “Arts & The Mind,” is scheduled to air nationwide in the Fall of 2012 on PBS. For more on aging topics at St. Kate's, read about Careers in Aging Week.

May 12, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Faculty, Healthcare, Students