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Arts For Healing founder speaking in Westport

Published 11:19 am, Saturday, October 19, 2013
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Karen Nisenson, founder and clinical director of Arts For Healing in New Canaan, will conduct an interactive workshop about the power of music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Westport Library.

Nisenson will discuss topics ranging from music's role in child development to the intellectual benefits of learning an instrument and music's impact on an aging population.

Music, she said, can further emotional and social communication skills in children with special needs as well as enhance memory in seniors.

The presentation will begin with an interactive improvisational piano exercise with audience participation as a demonstration of musical self-expression.

Nisenson is the founding clinical director of Arts For Healing, which provides creative arts therapy programs for children and adults with special needs. She holds degrees from Hunter College, the Juilliard School and New York University, where she has been an adjunct faculty member since 1978. She has worked in the field of creative arts therapy for the past 25 years and has developed the individual music and art therapy, which incorporates music and art within an early childhood developmental framework for the special needs population.

For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit westportlibrary.org.