4 Arts News Makers Embracing Health, Education and Business

Every day, the arts inspire new projects embracing a wide spectrum of fields including health, education and business. Here are some recent news makers revealing these powerful connections:

New Play by Performer Sam Brady at The Lowry: Alzheimer’s Effect on Family Relationships

On Feb. 1 and 2, 2018, The Lowry will present the solo performance by award- winning Warrington-based Sam Brady. This warm, funny and uplifting story focuses on Ian, whose Father Tommy is living with Alzheimer’s. Ian and his son agree to fulfill Tommy’s life’s dream to restore a vintage car. Amid stripped engines, rusted metal and frayed tempers, the three men discover that piecing together the past can have unexpected consequences. As a failed Buddhist monk turned comedian and performer, the theme that runs through Sam Brady’s work is trying to live a life of kindness in an unkind world. Things I Say When I Don’t Say I Love You is a sensitive portrayal of three men trying to communicate their feelings for each other as their world is turned upside down. The Lowry is a large arts and entertainment venue based in Salford, housing two galleries, three theaters and a bar and restaurant called Pier Eight. Named after the painter LS Lowry, the building is home to the world’s largest collection of his works.

March 2018 Performance Gala at Marriott Center for Dance: Award-Winning Choreographer

Michele Wiles performing BalletNext’s La Folia by Mauro Bigonzetti, Photo Gene Schiavonne (PRNewsfoto/BalletNext, Inc.)

Founder of BalletNext Michele Wiles–the Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, and Erik Bruhn Prize winner in 2002–will choreograph and dance for the March 2018 Performance Gala at Marriott Center for Dance. With music from Bach currently planned, she will work with six classically trained students from The University of Utah School of Dance–one of the largest and oldest dance performing arts programs with more than 200 undergraduate and 25 graduate students. The School of Dance Costume Shop will work with her to design original creations. The internationally acclaimed dance program offers comprehensive dance study, balancing performance and scholarship while presenting trained students to help them advance in selected fields. This goal aligns with Wiles’ vision at BalletNext to pair classically trained dancers with artists from diverse backgrounds and interpretations in new collaborative work, encouraging risk taking and focusing on process. Wiles joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997, was promoted to principal dancer in 2006 and has been choreographing new work with BalletNext since 2011 to critical acclaim. Tickets: https://tickets.utah.edu.

Creative Ideas Online Tool from Columbia Business School Professors

According to Olivier Toubia, Glaubinger Professor of Business, and Oded Netzer, Professor of Business from Columbia Business School, creative ideas have a good balance between familiarity and novelty. The co-authors of Idea Generation, Creativity, and Prototypicality have developed an online assessment tool and conducted a series of eight experiments. Participants generated more than 4,000 ideas on specific topics, which were then divided among each experiment. In one of them, the researchers worked with an international health and beauty company searching for new oral care solutions targeted to women older than age 40. More than 200 ideas were evaluated for the company; of the 220, 89 ideas were determined to be “creative.” The benefits of the tool include identifying the most creative ideas, recommending more novel and familiar word combinations and helping businesses to operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. For more information, visit Columbia Business School.

“University of the World” for Road Scholars and Caregiver Grants


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About Andrea Hammer 209 Articles
Andrea K. Hammer, founder and director of Artsphoria Magazine, is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. She has published articles in international publications. Through this expanded edition of Artsphoria, she invites fellow artists, writers, innovators and creative thinkers to join our conversation!