Second MSU Arts and Health Symposium 3/3 is functioning at your best, whatever it is that you do.

A Journey Toward Peace of Mind Symposium will be held on campus on March 3, 2006 as part of the New Jersey Arts in Health Initiative (NJAHI).

The NJAHI is a collaborative project to facilitate, document and demonstrate the relationship between the arts and health in the State of New Jersey. One of its goals is to serve as a resource by documenting NJ programs, disseminating research and model program information, providing technical assistance on program planning, development, implementation and evaluation and developing an artist directory.

The symposium, which this year focuses on mental health issues, is open to artists, health and health care professionals, arts educators, teaching artists, clinicians, teachers, students or any individual interested in the arts or health. The program will examine the interrelationships between the arts and health through partners such as universities, hospitals, social-service agencies, arts organizations, community and individuals.

The day will begin with a keynote address by Gary and Chandri Barat of the Barat Foundation an educational corporation dedicated to expanding creative opportunities through immersion programs designed to maximize artistic and individual achievement. Highlights will include workshops in movement, drama and the visual arts led by renowned guests such as Marlies Yearby, Tony Award nominee for choreography for the Broadway musical Rent, and South African artist and activist Kim Berman who started a community-based workshop for impoverished black South Africansó-many of whom suffer from HIV/AIDSó-to study art and literacy.

This event is free for MSU students, faculty and staff. Although same-day registration will be available, advanced registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Marie Sparks, program director, at 973-655-7070, or e-mail