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ARTZ Philadelphia : Affiliation With The I’m Still Here Foundation (ISHF)
ARTZ Philadelphia began its life under the umbrella of the I’m Still Here Foundation (ISHF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to bring about community transformation for those living with cognitive challenges. With an emphasis on arts and culture, education and public policy, the ISHF advocates for a broader perspective; one in which our shared humanity takes precedence over a clinical diagnosis.
The ISHF has three primary initiatives in addition to the original Artists for Alzheimers:
It Takes A Village: is a collaboration with art, culture, business and civic organizations, creating a community inclusion program for individuals with dementia, their care partners and family members in towns and cities within the U.S. and Europe.
Research Division: The Foundation collects and analyzes data from each of its programs. Findings are shared at international conferences and published in academic journals, end-of-year summaries, and press releases.
Public Narrative: is the Foundation’s emphasis on promoting culture change via education and public policy, thereby reducing the stigma that often accompanies a diagnosis. This stigma has been shaped by our society’s public narrative, a model that illuminates despair as its main theme. The ISHF is creating a public narrative based on a model of hope – in which people with dementia have a future, can remain in their communities and contribute to society.