The first exhibition of its kind in Seattle, the Art of Alzheimer's presents 'The Artist Within: A Different View of Dementia' featuring 50 fascinating artworks by individuals ages 60 to 101 years old living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
These surprising, delightful and inspiring works of art open hearts and minds to a different way of thinking about dementia, allowing the viewer to see that - although the mind of the artist has changed - they are still here, living with dignity, creativity and joy.
The exhibit runs January 7-February 26, Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm, at Seattle City Hall's Lobby and Anne Focke Galleries, Fifth Avenue and Cherry Street.
Admission and all special events are FREE. For more information, visit theartofalzheimers.net
Thursday, January 7, 4pm-6pm, Seattle City Hall, Lobby Gallery
Opening Reception: Meet artists and their families. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, learn about art programs from care providers and experts, tour the exhibition. Invited guests and guest speakers include: Mayor Ed Murray; Marilyn Raichle, director of the Art of Alzheimer's; Randy Engstrom, director of the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Marigrace Becker, from the UW Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center; and singer songwriter Judith Kate Friedman.
Wednesday, January 13, 12 noon, Seattle City Hall, Lobby Gallery
Tour & Discussion: Led by Marcus E. Raichle MD, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Washington, 2014 Kavli Prize Laureate in Neuroscience; and Thomas Grabowski MD, Director of the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, Professor of Radiology, and Neurology; Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington.
Wednesday, January 20, 12:30pm, Seattle City Hall, Lobby Gallery
Poetry Reading: Three incredible artists share their poetry and experiences with dementia. Esther Helfgott, Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary & Poems and Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer's; Lori Kane, The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering; Lon Cole, You Are Not Alone: Poems of Hope and Faith and alive and thankful: Life is a gift.
Thursday, February 5, noon-2pm, Seattle City Hall, Lobby Gallery/ Room L280
Songwriting Workshop: Judith-Kate Freidman and Songwriting Works will collaborate with exhibition attendees to create an original song.
Wednesday, February 17, 6pm, Seattle City Hall, The Bertha Knight Landes Room
Panel Discussion: Wendy Lustbader, author of Life Gets Better - the Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older moderates a discussion about the arts, creativity and dementia. Panel includes: Marigrace Becker, Program Manager, Community Education and Impact, UW Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center; Cara Lauer, Executive Director, Elderwise; Alice & Paul Lee Burnside MD MBA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Director, Providence Hospice of Seattle.
Wednesday, February 24, 12 noon, Seattle City Hall, Lobby Gallery / Room L280
Improv Demonstration: Instructors from Taproot Theatre's Memory Loss classes reignite the mind with improvisation and play. Enjoy a demonstration on how improv can tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Exhibition organizer and Art of Alzheimer's founder, Marilyn Raichle, was raised in the shadow of Alzheimer's. After Marilyn's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's she began to paint; Marilyn shared her mother's art with others. The enthusiastic response led to the launch of this exhibition. Featured artists live or receive care from Seattle-area facilities including: Horizon House, Skyline at First Hill, and Buchanan Place Assisted Living.
The exhibition is presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, the Department of Neighborhoods, and King County's 4Culture.
Additional community partners include: The Washington State Alzheimer's Association Chapter; Elderwise; The Frye Art Museum Creative Aging Program; Full Life Care; UW Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center; UW School of Social Work; UW School of Nursing, de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging; NW Center for Creative Aging; Seattle Senior Services Aging and Disability Services - Seattle Human Services Department; Greenwood Senior Center; Horizon House; The Hearthstone; Skyline Seattle and Cure Alzheimer's.
Courtesy of the Art of Alzheimers
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