Dr. Jill is passionate about educating the public about the beauty of our human brain, and she is committed to not only helping others find their way back from neurological trauma but is eager to help everyone better understand their brain so they can live their best life. Her Foundation Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS is dedicated to providing educational services and promoting programs that are related to the advancement of brain awareness, appreciation, exploration, education, injury prevention, neurological recovery, and the value of movement on mental and physical health, as well as other activities that support this purpose.
In 2012, the Brain Extravaganza! was the first project the Foundation undertook. This was a collaborative community art project that occurred in Bloomington, Indiana, between the town of Bloomington and the gown of Indiana University. Twenty two uniquely decorated enormous fiberglass brains (5 feet high, 5 feet long and 4 feet wide) were placed on public display around town and on the IU campus for six months of learning about the brain. A special phone app game was created whereby each participant could stand within a 50 foot proximity of each of the brain sculptures and read about the specific decor of each of the brain – brain aging, bipolar disorder, the differences between the two hemispheres as it relates to technology, etc. Along with information about the artist, sponsor and the overall intention of each brain. The motto of the Brain Extravaganza was Brains are cool! Below are some photos of the big brains in location or in all of their gorgeous glory.