Empathy Interventions: Mia Experiments with Cultivating Empathy in Museum Visitors

"Can the visual arts foster empathy and understanding? From our experiences as art museum educators, we believe they can, but there is little empirical research to support this theory. So, in 2017, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), with the generous funding of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, established the Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts (CEVA). In partnership with UC Berkeley’s Social Interaction Laboratory and the University of Minnesota, we are leading initiatives to develop, research, and share strategies for cultivating empathy in art museums."

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