Archives for June 2017

Creative engagement and dementia care.

I spent an interesting two days learning from and presenting to Hampton Roads caregivers of people with dementia, at the Alzheimer’s Association’s caregiver conferences in Hampton and Franklin, VA.   Our hearts go out to the caregivers of people living with dementia.  Many are unpaid spouses or family members.  “It’s a 36 hour day that […]

Military Caregivers Create “Unsung Hero”

Group songwriting requires bravery, a sense of adventure, patience, trial and error, and skillful leadership. Singer/songwriter Tina Micula took military caregivers to a place they’d not been before in an “Arts Aid for Hidden Heroes” songwriting program. It was a unique opportunity to reflect on their paths and support one another along their journeys.   The original song “Unsung […]

Arts Outreach June 19 – 26

More than two dozen artists will participate in seven outreach programs this week: Tina Micula presents the second of a two-series songwriting session for military caregivers at the Hampton VA on Tuesday night.   Caregivers liked: “Being able to express myself through music.” “Peaceful.” “Great experience of expression.” Jan Cline and MaryAnn Toboz share “Music […]

Creative Forces: Healing Arts Network comes to Tidewater

One in ten Virginians is a veteran who has made significant sacrifices to preserve our safety and freedoms.  Since the inception of Tidewater Arts Outreach, we have acted on our patriotic duty to assist those who have served us by utilizing our talents and resources to help service members build paths to wellness and healing. […]

Saturday is arts times two in Chesapeake and Newport News

This Saturday, Sweet Adelines sings with residents at Lighthouse Point in Chesapeake and Tidewater Bluegrass Revival  presents a concert of traditional bluegrass music at The Arbors in Newport News.  These groups represent a  dozen or more creative community members are going out to share their sounds of joy, bright colors, instruments, songs and charm with nearly 100 appreciative […]

Art Matters for People Living With Dementia

This Friday we’re teaming up with The Chrysler Museum and the SEVA Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, to share a visual arts experience with an early support group made up of people newly diagnosed with dementia and their care partners. Our March workshop on art-making with people living with dementia was written up by Elizabeth Simpson/The Virginian […]

Poetry Workshop for Creative Caregiving recap

“Observe.” “Ask.” “Engage.”  Observe.”  “Adapt.” “Observe.”  and so the engagement cycle goes when working creatively with elders. Pauline Daniels, Creative Engagement Director at Goodwin House in Alexandria, worked from a seemingly endless toolkit as she shared anecdotes, truisms and more than a dozen types of poetry to draw from when working with elders. “Slow down […]

Visual Arts for People Living with Dementia

This article appeared in the May 7 2017 edition of The Virginian Pilot.