A 2-hour PBS documentary project exploring the effects of the arts on the development and behavior of humans at both ends of life. In childhood and older age, as the human mind is first growing and then slowing down, the impact of music, dance and visual arts on cognitive abilities is most easily seen. Weaving together stories from childhood and older age, ARTS & THE MIND journeys across America to reveal compelling present-day examples, cutting edge science, and historical context that make clear how and why the arts are a vital part of our health and well-being at both ends of life. ARTS & THE MIND is a co production of Eaton Creative, Inc and Twin Cities Public TV for 2012 PBS distribution. Leo Eaton is Series Producer.