In 2004, Dr. Robert Stroker, Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, provided the vision for the creation of The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center. The mission of the Center is to promote research, training, and innovative programs that demonstrate the unique role of the arts in making a difference in people’s lives. To this end, it focuses on exploring uses of various creative arts to enhance human functioning, developmentally, intellectually, psychologically, socially, physically, aesthetically and spiritually.
- To support and facilitate disciplinary and interdisciplinary quantitative, qualitative, historical and aesthetic research concerning the use of the arts in the promotion of quality of life within a multicultural society.
- To provide training for faculty and students 1) in research and grantsmanship, and 2) concerning the relationship between the arts and quality of life.
- To provide demonstration service programs through collaborative partnerships within Temple and its neighboring communities.
- To disseminate information and research results nationally and internationally through seminars, conferences, publications and online communications.
- To attract and recruit outstanding faculty, scholars, researchers and students to the University.
- To provide an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and students wherein relevant topics may be discussed, and plans for future research may be supported.
An interdisciplinary group of experts guides the activities of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, representing the following disciplines: Medicine, Music Education, Music Therapy, Dance, Visual Arts, Architecture, Film, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Therapeutic Recreation and Community Outreach.
Dr. Cheryl Dileo, Music Therapy
The following organizations have generously provided funding for our research, training, and outreach programs:
Temple University, Provost Seed Grant
The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center
2001 N. 13 Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
T.U. Zip: 012-00
Dr. Cheryl Dileo, Director
Dr. Andrea McGraw Hunt, Assistant Director