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Robert GuptaThought leadership event features international advocate of Arts and health

LOUISVILLE, KY, OCTOBER 22, 2015- Fund for the Arts explores the role of the Arts in building a healthier community with an ‘Arts in Health’ breakfast on Friday, November 13, 2015. This public event will feature a keynote address from Robert Gupta, TED Senior Fellow, LA Philharmonic Violinist and international leader in the transformative power of the Arts and health. ‘Arts in Health’ will be held at The Gramercy at 7:30 AM. A limited number of tickets are available for $25 and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/1Mz4P8F

“Experiencing and engaging in the Arts promote wellness, longevity, feelings of connection and deepened sense of purpose,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “Fund for the Arts is leveraging the therapeutic and healing benefits of the Arts not just in healthcare, but for all citizens of our community. Whether in traditional settings such as theatres and museums or non-traditional settings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, and prisons, we build a healthier community when we integrate music, movement, drama, and the visual Arts. We are thrilled to host our first thought leadership event with Robert Gupta, a leading expert on how the Arts heal, empower and transform lives.”

“KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all. Research demonstrates that patients experience shorter hospital stays, reduced reports of pain and improved quality of life when the Arts are integrated into medical treatment,” said Ruth Brinkley, KentuckyOne Health President and CEO. “We are excited to partner with the Fund for the Arts to discover how the uplifting and alleviating benefits of the Arts can impact KentuckyOne’s patients across our network.”

Arts in Health is made possible with the support of title sponsor KentuckyOne Health with additional support from presenting sponsors Treyton Oak Towers and Baptist Health.

About Robert Gupta

“Robert Gupta is a violinist whose interest in neurobiology and mental health issues has made him a world renowned advocate for the redemptive and regenerative power of music. A TED Senior Fellow, Gupta directs the organization Street Symphony—a free classical music concert series for the unaided mentally-ill living in homeless, incarcerated, and veteran communities.

Robert Gupta has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician since the age of eight; after joining the LA Philharmonic, he became the friend and violin instructor of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers—the homeless, mentally ill musician who was the subject of LA Times columnist Steve Lopez’s book The Soloist, and the movie by the same title (starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.). In his talks, Gupta explores music’s ability to change our brains, heal ailments, and ultimately, transform lives.

Gupta holds a Master’s in music from Yale and made his solo debut, at age 11, with the Israel Philharmonic. As an undergrad, where he studied Pre-med, Gupta was part of several research projects in neurodegenerative biology. He held Research Assistant positions at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where he worked on spinal cord neuronal regeneration, and at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine Center for Neurologic Diseases, where he studied the biochemical pathology of Parkinson’s disease.” (Biography courtesy of The Lavin Group)

About Fund for the Arts
The Fund for the Arts builds a stronger community by investing in world-class Arts organizations, driving collaborative initiatives and fueling innovative Arts-in-education programs throughout the region. A national leader in corporate partnerships; helping business and creative find a unified voice, a more educated workforce, and attract talent through the Arts. The annual Fund for the Arts campaign has generated more than $196 million for the Arts since its establishment in 1949. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information visit www.fundforthearts.com.

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