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“Your Brain On Art” Book Celebration


The Experience

Join us as we host authors Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross for the launch of their new book, Your Brain on Art, in partnership with Garcia Street Books.

  • Saturday, April 1st in the Lodge Hall | RSVPs required
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres begin at 3PM | Event starts at 3:30PM
  • Alcoholic beverages available for purchase, including a speciality cocktail
  • General Admission: free entry | $40 VIP seating with custom signed book: Let us know where you would like it signed in the book by emailing

About the Book

In "Your Brain on Art", learn how activities – from painting and dancing to expressive writing, architecture and more – are essential to our lives. This book is a portal into this new understanding of how the arts and aesthetics can help us transform traditional medicine, build healthier communities and mend an aching planet.

About the Authors

  • Susan Magsamen is the founder and director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is a faculty member. Susan is also the co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint with the Aspen Institute. She works with both the public and private sectors using arts and culture evidence-based approaches in areas including health, child development, workforce innovation, rehabilitation and social equity.

  • Ivy Ross is the Vice President for Hardware Design at Google, where she leads a team that has won over 240 design awards. She is a National Endowment for The Arts grant recipient and was ninth on Fast Company’s list of the 100 most creative people in business in 2019. Ivy believes the intersection of arts and sciences is where the most engaging and creative ideas are found.

About Garcia Street Books

Garcia Street Books is a locally owned and operated bookshop that has been serving the Santa Fe community for over 25 years. The building houses three long time locally owned businesses: Garcia Street Books, Downtown Subscription and Bad Moon Apothecary. The shop thrives based on the loyal patronage of the neighborhood’s full- and part-time residents and the flocks of visitors that frequent Santa Fe. Jean Devine acquired the store in June of 2017. Prior to this, she spent 35 years in management, sales and operations. She had dreamed of owning a bookstore for more than 20 years. When you visit, it's likely that you'll also get to know her two dogs, Simon and Grace.

Praise for "Your Brain on Art"

Mark Hyman, MD | Author of #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Young Forever" and "The UltraMind Solution"

“The neuroscience of beauty, of witnessing or creating music, art, dance is an untapped doorway to healing the brain, to changing the very structure and function of our brains and minds. Your Brain On Art explores the new science of neuroaesthetics, a way of reimagining how to live that includes art as an essential part of the human experience and an unexpected doorway to healing.”

Mary Pipher | Author of "Women Rowing North: A Life in Light and Reviving Ophelia"

"This wonderful book demonstrates that art is essential for health, healing, community and bliss. Indeed, art both defines us and allows us to transcend our own small selves. Since the beginning of time, our species created art and art created us. The authors describe the new field of neuroaesthetics that measures how art changes the brain and other systems in the body. The book is well-researched and well-written. I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to all."

Angela Duckworth | #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance"

“This book blew my mind! An authoritative yet practical guide to the neuroarts – a term that, if you haven't heard it before, is even more reason to join its brilliant co-authors on a romp through the latest science on how art transforms the brain and the body.”

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