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Improvisation: The Art and Healing Power of Jazz

Improvisation: The Art and Healing Power of Jazz

The Republic Finance Gallery

February 03, 2024 - September 22, 2024

Improvisation: The Art and Healing Power of Jazz, located in The Republic Finance Gallery, celebrates the history of jazz, but also its ability to positively affect the human condition. 

Due to its improvisational yet soothing nature, scientific research shows that jazz music has many health benefits, such as relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, lessening depression, and increasing focus and productivity. Along with diving into the science of jazz music’s health benefits, Improvisation: The Art and Healing Power of Jazz highlights key moments in the history of jazz and how they have impacted the music style we know today. 

The artists featured in this exhibition, Claudia Hayden, Herman Leonard, Brandon Lewis, and Chuck Stewart, were chosen for their unique visions of jazz, but also for their creative ability to celebrate the therapeutic power of jazz through art and music.  

Improvisation: The Art and Healing Power of Jazz is generously supported by The La Capitale (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and supported in part by a Louisiana Project Grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency. This exhibition is also supported by Entergy; the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; and the Alma Lee, Norman and Cary Saurage Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Additionally, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum has received a 2023 Louisiana Cultural Care Fund Grant, which provides generous general operating support related to LASM's exhibitions. Funding for this 2023 Louisiana Culture Care Fund Grant has been provided by the State of Louisiana and administered by the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities.