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thanks for the interview with Adele Diamond. I am a folklorist and educator and have worked with traditional artists in the schools for many years- I also volunteer with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance ( in Chicago which offers weekly writing workshops for adults from disenfranchised communities around the city. It was so helpful to hear that there seems to be brain science which proves what those of us who work with the arts and education see every day- that the arts promote critical thinking, deep engagement, and authentic learning of subjects across the curriculum and in the case of adults, that participating in the arts creates community, promotes individual empowerment, and helps to address social issues. I've attached a photo from the Neighborhood Writing Alliance's recent performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival of a music/theater piece based on written essays on the topic of "Where I'm From" . Writer James Rushing from the NWA Hall Branch group is pictured.