To accelerate the field of neuroaesthetics, the International Arts + Mind Lab has partnered with thought-leading institutions in neuroscience, psychology, arts, architecture, medicine and more.
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)
ANFA promotes and advances knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment. IAM Lab partners with ANFA on joint programming and events for architects and neuroscientists, including the inaugural Intentional Spaces Summit debuting in Fall 2023.
Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
IAM Lab is a member of a2ru, a network of 44 research universities committed to fostering arts-integrated research, teaching and practice. a2ru conducts important research on the role of the arts in higher education and convenes university partners to strengthen interdisciplinary pursuits.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its 90,000 members in service to society. IAM Lab is in early partnership with the AIA to develop an introductory neuroaesthetics training program for architects to equip them with key knowledge and resources on the role of architecture in health, wellbeing and learning.
American Psychological Association (APA)
IAM Lab partners with APA Division 10, the Society for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts to promote neuroaesthetics research and practice in the APA community. Joint efforts include conference sessions and participation on the APA’s Interdivisional COVID-19 Task Force.
The Aspen Institute
IAM Lab has partnered with the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine & Society Program to develop a global field-building initiative called the NeuroArts Blueprint. The NeuroArts Blueprint is on a mission to bring the arts into the mainstream of medicine and public health. In 2021, the initiative published a five-year action plan to cultivate the field by elevating research, practice, education, funding, leadership, policy and communications.
Brain Futures provides rigorous and unbiased information about advances in brain health and cutting-edge care that is transforming patient outcomes. IAM Lab partners with Brain Futures to examine integrative health and wellbeing through the lens of digital technology and the arts with a goal of developing alternative interventions and bringing them into the mainstream.
BrainMind is a community of top brain scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and academic institutions collaborating to accelerate impactful innovation in brain science. IAM Lab has joined this ecosystem in its commitment to building the field of neuroarts through cross-sector collaboration.
The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is home to Playful Learning Landscapes, a project designed to transform everyday places into learning opportunities in order to maximize the 80 percent of time children spend outside of school and to augment what goes on in school. IAM Lab serves on the advisory board of Learning Landscapes.
Google and IAM Lab continue to work together on a number of projects that consider how art and design can support our full potential. In 2018, IAM Lab informed the design of a new physical learning environment for Google leaders called The Schoolhouse, which incorporated neuroaesthetic principles to improve cognitive and behavioral outcomes of participants. In 2019, IAM Lab partnered with Google Hardware, Reddymade Architecture, and Muuto to create an immersive neuroaesthetics exhibit at Milan Design Week. The multi-room installation, called A Space for Being, showcased design using neuroaesthetic principles and explored how different environments can change our biology. IAM Lab continues to collaborate with Google Arts & Culture on interactive projects that drive public understanding of the impact of the arts and aesthetic experiences on health.
Media Empathy Foundation
The Media Empathy Foundation advocates for a culture that destigmatizes mental illness by working directly with creators and influencers who shape our media. Susan Magsamen is Co-Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of the Foundation.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
IAM Lab is partnering with NEA as it develops a research agenda for its Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. IAM Lab serves as a subject matter expert in interviews and clinical research summits for this interdisciplinary creative arts therapy program for service members.
University of Florida's Center for Arts in Medicine
The Center advances the field of arts in health through interdisciplinary research, training programs and dynamic academic programs. IAM Lab serves on the advisory board for the Center’s partnership with ArtPlace America, “Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America,” a two-year national initiative designed to accelerate innovation at the intersections of the arts, creative placemaking, community development and public health.