Fall: TAPS 1281W

This class has a theoretical focus. Students study both Parkinson’s disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as explore current quantitative and qualitative research in both of these areas. Experts are brought in from various fields of art and science along with arts practitioners who have developed internationally acclaimed arts programming in the areas of PD and ASD. Students have the opportunity to submit works of art for their response papers.

Students frequently participated in exercises similar to those held for patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease.

Arts and Autism - a guest lecture and workshop by
Elaine Hall, founder and president of the Miracle Project

Spring: TAPS 1281Z THeory Into Practice

The practical segment, includes site placements where students work with skilled teachers learning about teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s disease or autism spectrum disorders. The class also includes an ethnographic approach to their site placement experience. Design Thinking is embedded into the semester with students pitching solutions to challenges they’ve identified during their site placements for their mid-terms then presenting their final solutions in their final projects.

"Julie Strandberg in TAPS and Rachel Balaban '80 worked with undergraduate students to co-design the course "Artists and Scientists as Partners: Theory to Practice." Grounded in neuroscience, anthropology, and art, the course explores holistic healing and the power of dance to treat patients with neurological disorders like Parkinson's Disease and Autism. Students confront these ideas through the study of artistic and scientific methodologies and then apply their learning first-hand in arts-based programs with local partners. The experience is transformative for many students, says Strandberg, and only possible at a university where the approaches of different disciplines are equally valued, and their intersections actively explored" - BAM