ARTS & MINDS PROGRAM
Founders – Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Dr. James Noble.
New York, N.Y., USA.
"Similar classes at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in wealthier New York City neighborhoods were the inspiration for Arts & Minds. What sets this program apart is that it is accessible to a disadvantaged community. Its at Will and Jones own neighborhood at the Studio Museum in Harlem."
"Making art in hands-on workshops allows us to express ourselves creatively with or without words. Through shared aesthetic experiences, care partners learn that, despite cognitive changes, they are able to interact with a greater sense of who they are."
-artsandminds.org, video: Harlem Arts for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The Arts & Minds Program is available in museums, community centers and nursing homes. Museum based experiences for people with dementia and their caregivers take place at the New York Historical Society and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Caregivers sometimes discover that the person they thought they had lost is still accessible via art in a way that cannot be tapped into through other daily activities and interaction.
Dementia art-centered activities aim to create positive cognitive experiences, enhance communication, and reduce isolation.
The goal of the Arts & Minds Program is to empower people with dementia, family members, professional caregivers and educators to strengthen social, emotional and spiritual bonds by engaging with art.
WATCH VIDEO ON ARTS & MINDS PROGRAM
Harlem Arts for Alzheimer’s and Dementia from Contessa Gayles on Vimeo.