ARTZ Philly Programs
ARTZ Philadelphia : Programs in Greater Philadelphia
Visits to museums, concerts, movies – these are just the beginning. Imagine the kinds of activities that give you pleasure – enjoying the fresh smells and vibrant colors of baked goods and local produce at a neighborhood farmer’s market? Strolling the grounds of a nearby arboretum with friends? Taking a yoga class? Attending a baseball game?
If those of us without a dementia diagnosis enjoy doing these things, chances are good that members of our communities who are living with that diagnosis would also enjoy doing them: and probably did enjoy doing them prior to their diagnosis.
ARTZ Philadelphia is here to ensure that impediments don’t get in the way. We will partner with other community organizations in the arts and culture sectors to reopen doors to concert halls, movie houses, museums, and theaters, to coffee shops, farmers markets and sports venues by working to establish a sense of mutual comfort and respect between those who staff these venues and an audience usually lost to them because of mutual apprehension and misunderstanding.
We aren’t there just yet – at a “dementia-friendly” Greater Philadelphia — but with your help and support, our ARTZ Philly Programs will help us get there over the next few years! It definitely takes a village!
Meet Me At The Museum and Make Memories
A flagship program originally designed by ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimers and now implemented distinctively in different regions, reflecting the unique attributes of every community. ARTZ Philadelphia staff facilitate group conversations about 3-4 works of art during each hour-long program at one of our partner museums. Groups are limited in size to 6-8 visitors plus their care partners to ensure an intimate and comfortable experience for everyone.
ARTZ On The Road
An ARTZ Philly Program Innovation: ARTZ Philadelphia staff facilitate arts-based group conversations among people living with dementia in residential care communities. Works of art, the memories they evoke, and anything else that comes up along the way are all fair game! As is laughter. Plenty of laughter. Conversations are sometimes paired with art-making and other creative experiences.
ARTZ In The Studio
An ARTZ Philly Program Innovation: ARTZ Philadelphia teaching artists guide participants living with memory loss through art-making experiences that open pathways to creative self-expression and help to rebuild self-esteem.Our first ARTZ In The Studio program took place at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Spring 2015, facilitated by registered art therapist and ARTZ Philly teaching artist, Dona Duncan. Dona returns in Fall 2015 with a new ARTZ In The Studio session at PAFA. For more information, please call the PAFA Office of Continuing Education at: 215.972.7632
ARTZ Philadelphia = Philadelphia Artists
An ARTZ Philly Program Innovation: From the very beginning, ARTZ programs have been nourished by the participation of working artists. In Summer 2015, ARTZ Philadelphia launched a new program that honors and builds on this history of collaboration with artists.
Artists living and working in the greater Philadelphia area are invited to share their work with our program participants by providing digital reproductions to us, which we then add to our growing library of art works that we use for our “ARTZ on the Road” programs. We bring to residents of memory care units the gallery experiences that some of them are unable to enjoy firsthand at our partner museums or art centers.
So far, participating artists include Mark Bockrath, Judy Caldwell, Roger Chavez, Mike Hale, and Sara Steele. If you are an artist (or know one) who would like to take part in this program, please get in touch with us.
“Doctors In The Museum and ARTZ In The Exam Room”: An Arts and Dementia Training Program
An ARTZ Philly Program Innovation: We have piloted with colleagues at Drexel University College of Medicine an innovative program in which 3rd-year Family Medicine residents do rotations with ARTZ Philadelphia as part of their community experience requirements. This initiative was co-designed by Florence Gelo, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Drexel and ARTZ Philadelphia director Susan Shifrin to foster in young doctors enhanced clinical skills, empathy, compassion, and inclusiveness towards patients. The first pilot program was launched in Spring 2014 and will continue in Spring 2015
ARTZ Cafés for Care Partners
An ARTZ Philly Program Innovation: We launched this series of programs especially for the care partners of people living with dementia (usually family members caring for loved ones, though sometimes unrelated friends filling the same role). Our purpose in launching ARTZ Philadelphia Cafés for Care Partners in Fall 2014 was to provide engaging, stimulating experiences and respite from the daily grind.Our inaugural Café for Care Partners took place at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a truly magical venue on South Street where our hosts at the Magic Gardens treated care partners and ARTZ Philadelphia staff to a special tour that was followed by relaxed conversation and refreshments under the stars, surrounded by the remarkable mosaics of Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar. Cafés for Care Partners in Spring and Summer 2015 included special events at two additional Philadelphia Arts Partners: LaSalle University Art Museum and Main Line Art Center
An ARTZ Philly Program Innovation: The brainchild of ARTZ Philadelphia volunteer (and soon-to-be project artist) Jenn Warpole. Jenn will work with ARTZ Philadelphia and with the Muller Institute for Senior Health at Abington Memorial Hospital to develop a series of serendipitous opportunities for informal, creative self-expression. People living with memory loss and others who regularly visit the Muller Institute will encounter various prompts to stop and (literally) make their mark in sketchbooks, on community whiteboards, and in various other forms and media. The Penn Memory Center — one of our community and research partners — will provide a second venue for this emerging program in the coming year.
Pending adequate funding, these pilots will serve as models for a much larger ART(Z) Stops program taking place out in the community. Stay tuned!