Art and music are more than simply pleasant diversions. Whether viewing, listening, or creating, participation in the arts can alleviate many problems for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers. Read on to discover the many benefits of art therapy and learn how to incorporate it into your caring role.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee is excited to be part of Arts & Alzheimer’s Knoxville, an art therapy event modeled after related art education programs, such as Meet Me at MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City was one of the first galleries to create programs specifically catered to the needs of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Their program, like Arts & Alzheimer’s Knoxville, consists of trained art educators who seek to engage participants in lively dialogue through conversational analysis of art in collections and exhibitions.
Arts & Alzheimer’s Knoxville wants to give individuals living with disease such as Alzheimer’s and other dementias an opportunity to interact with art by providing a diverse set of cultural programming and art entertainment designed for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their families. These programs will foster positive interactions with art and others, enhancing self-expression and self-esteem through upbeat discussion for the participants.
We’ll meet you at the Knoxville Museum of Art every month! Our main program will consist of an art educator sharing pieces of art in order to create an engaging and comfortable environment to foster positive emotional expression and reflection. In the future, the program will expand to include film, different styles of dance, music, and hands-on art. Arts & Alzheimer’s Knoxville is partnering with Alzheimer’s Tennessee and the Knoxville Museum of Art to provide a safe and healthy environment for these programs. Support is also provided by the Pat Summitt Foundation and Clayton Center for the Arts.
The idea of Arts & Alzheimer’s Knoxville came to Brianna Rader, a senior at the University of Tennessee, who, having heard good things about the Meet Me at the MoMA event in New York, approached friends Kolt Free and later Margaret Smith to collaborate with her on bringing something similar to Knoxville. Brianna studies medical humanities with hopes of attending medical school pursuing an M.D. and a Masters of Public Health. Kolt, a fellow College Scholar studying Therapeutic Arts, intends to get a PhD in clinical psychology focused on incorporating the arts into traditional therapy practices. Margaret, a Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology major with a Spanish minor, intends to attend medical school focusing on the treatment of urban or underserved populations. All three have a passion for the arts, whether it be studio art, film, theatre, or music, and are excited about the opportunity to share these expressive outlets with others.
For more about the Arts & Alzheimer’s Knoxville schedule including event descriptions, dates, and times, please contact anyone below or one of our Community Partners.
from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; contributed by Elizabeth Cockey
from A Place for Mom
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from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; contributed by Alicia Ann Clair