Inspirations: The Arts, the Brain and Human Potential

  • Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602
  • 847.421.8401

Gloria Araya for the Foundation for Human Potential from Brett Belleau on Vimeo.


ChicagoCulturalCenterThe program will highlight the work of an illustrious group, representing neuroscience, art, education and psychology. They will address challenges overcome by the performers and initiate inquiry into whether innovation and determination can open doors to new educational possibilities.

Among our speakers are Neuroscientist, Dr. Joseph Ledoux from NYU and Psychologist, Dr. Roger Weissberg of the University of Illinois

Some of our guest artists:

Adrian Anantawan Born without a right hand, a Canadian violinist who has been called “a rising star in classical music”, is transforming the lives of children with debilitating neuromuscular disorders by teaching them how to become chamber musicians.

Director of Music at Conservatory Lab Charter School, Mr. Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, his teachers include Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter; his academic work in education was supervised by Howard Gardner. Memorable moments include performances at the White House, the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games. He has played for the late Christopher Reeve and for Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Adrian is a winner of a Juno Award, a member of the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and was awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the Commonwealth.

Mr. Anantawan will be filming his fascinating piece of music and commentary for presentation at the symposium.

Martha Curtis is a concert violinist, having suffered from epilepsy. Now, having worked with neurosurgeons at the Cleveland Clinic to remove the area of her brain, interfering with music performance, she is seizure free. She has an amazing story to tell of adversity and persistence, influenced by the love of music.

Alana Wallace A woman whose body was ravaged by polio has found that the wheelchair is a beautiful accessory that affords her a unique opportunity to embrace and express dance in performances nationwide.

“The symposia directed by the Foundation “are major contributions toward the integration of science, education, and human values. They are the only ones that I have ever attended in which artists and scientists, teachers and students, physicians and patients, and the general public seriously listened to each other, taught each other, and learned from each other.”

Jerre Levy, Ph.D.


Please download the program here.