Join us Dec. 1 for a special Disruptive Women night of "Music & Art Therapy"


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Celebrate the healing power of the arts on December 1 when Robin Strongin, creator of the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog, hosts a holiday event at The Kreeger

Washington, DC, November 18, 2010 — Join Robin Strongin and her Disruptive Women bloggers on December 1 at The Kreeger Museum for a night of art and music when she hosts the 2010 Disruptive Women holiday event, “Music & Art Therapy: A Demonstration in Healing.”

“I designed this special holiday event with a singular purpose in mind: to help people understand the enormous evidence-based power of the arts to heal — mentally, physically, and spiritually,” says Strongin, the creator of the Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog ( and the president and CEO of the Washington, DC, firm Amplify Public Affairs (

“Reading about this power on the Disruptive Women blog isn’t enough,” she insists. “People have to experience the beauty of paintings, sculptures, and textures, and surround themselves with the sounds and rhythms of music to fully appreciate the demonstrable force that exists in the arts. And to learn about the data — the research and the results are stunning.”


The event will feature presentations and performances by the following luminaries:

Dr. Concetta Tomaino, the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function

Speaking at the event will be Disruptive Women blogger Dr. Concetta Tomaino, the executive director and co-founder of the world-renowned Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (, who since 1995 has been working to restore, maintain, and improve people’s physical, emotional, and neurologic functioning through the systematic use of music.

“For people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, music — especially familiar songs — unlocks memories; participation in music improves communication, overcomes withdrawal,” Tomaino shares. The goals are the same for those with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, she notes, since moving to music helps improve gait, balance, and range of motion.

“Music therapy also helps people with acute and chronic pain, because music therapy provides relief, induces relaxation, and eases anxiety,” Tomaino concludes. “And for people with depression, music is a powerful modality for connecting to feelings, expressing thoughts, and overcoming isolation.”

Judy Greenberg, director of The Kreeger Museum

Tomaino’s fellow Disruptive Women blogger, Judy A. Greenberg, director of The Kreeger Museum (, will tell guests about two of the museum’s new art programs, including Conversations at The Kreeger, which is modeled after “Meet Me at MoMA.”

“This program is designed to provide a forum for dialogue and connections for people living with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers,” Greenberg explains. “We are uniquely equipped to create a positive and beneficial experience for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.”

Greenberg will also discuss Hear Art See Music, a program she designed for students with learning disabilities.

Washington, DC’s Art and Drama Therapy Institute’s Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble

No holiday bash is complete without great music. At the December 1 event, guests will be inspired by Washington, DC’s Art and Drama Therapy Institute’s Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble, which was founded by Dr. Margaret “Muggy Do” Dickinson.

Listen to a sample here:, and learn about the Art and Drama Therapy Institute, Inc. — a medically supervised, therapeutic day treatment center for that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the use of art, music, movement, and drama. It has been hailed as “a national model “by the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation and The Washington Post.

Let them eat cake — Chef Duff style

Last but not least, we’ll be finishing our celebration by feasting on a cake prepared especially for the event by Chef Duff, star of The Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, and owner of Charm City Cakes ( A musician himself, Chef Duff will be the December 2010 Man of the Month on our Disruptive Women in Health Care blog. Be sure to log on December 1 to see his entry:


When: Wednesday, December 1 • Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Valet Parking. No Admission Fee. Men are welcome!
RSVP by email to: or call 202.263.2917.


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