Monday, August 29, 2011

Why the arts are important: Houston arts leaders have their say

Musiqa Artistic Director Anthony Brandt is part of a photo essay in Culturemap Houston featuring several Houston arts leaders who explain why the arts are important.

"Brain science is demonstrating that creativity is not a specialized activity but rather a basic part of the operation of the human brain. Creativity is implicated in every aspect of our mental lives: Every time we change our mind or say something new, we are creating outcomes that have never existed before. In fact, we would have a hard time turning the creativity off! The arts matter because they are the outward expression of internal processes that we all share: They help us know ourselves more deeply and each other."

— Anthony Brandt, Musiqa artistic director and associate professor at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

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