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is looking at art an answer to our nation's divides? mpls. museum will test it

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is looking at art an answer to our nation's divides? mpls. museum will test it

can gazing at art boost your empathy? the minneapolis institute of art is embarking on a five-year, $750,000 experiment to find out.the museum recently nabbed a grant from the andrew w. mellon foundation to explore whether spending time in an art center might help you imagine the lives of others, feeling what they feel. as the country wrestles with deep geographic, racial and economic divisions, cultural institutions are arguing that they’re the perfect places to help people see past those lines. “this is a time period where we could all benefit from greater understanding of other people ... who don’t have the same life experiences,” said kaywin feldman, institute director.the results of the project could change how museums across the country feel and function. researchers will test visitors’ empathy as they enter, and then on their way out — perhaps by having them respond to expressions or emoji on ipads. they’ll measure the effects of an interactive art display versus a static one. they’ll experiment with telling more compelling stories about the artworks, tweaking tours and wall labels.“this is a big bet for a foundation and for a museum,” said elizabeth merritt, vice president of the center for the future of museums.that center, part of the american alliance for museums, recently predicted that “closing the empathy deficit” would become a major trend in the museum world. across the country, art centers are experimenting with how they can use “the...