Free Program Makes Art Engaging for People With Alzheimer's Disease

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Free Program Makes Art Engaging for People With Alzheimer's Disease

Those of us who love the arts know the power they have to enhance our communities and daily lives. That’s why we choose to spend our free time in museum galleries, music halls, and theatres.

In this spirit, the Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals, and Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to present a free seminar on how art can be used to enhance the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease. “Engage: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia” will take place on Wednesday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Designed for Alzheimer’s caregivers, healthcare professionals, and museum educators, the program features lectures, training, and demonstrations of the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Alzheimer’s Project. Participants will hear first-hand from Amir Parsa, manager of MoMA’s program, about the success of Meet Me at MoMA, which provides interactive tours and discussions in the museum’s New York City galleries, giving those living with the degenerative disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue. Other presenters will include representatives from the museum, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Alzheimer’s Association, and Music Settlement.

Healthcare professionals will get tips on the logistics of developing an arts engagement program for patients of their institutions, while arts organizations interested in developing such programs will learn teaching strategies and best practices, as well as how to select art and audience-appropriate activities. Docents from the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute will be trained to use artwork in these collections for future partnerships with local Alzheimer’s organizations and their patients.

The program is free, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 216-707-2464 or e-mail by February 17.