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.

Warrior Week Arts, Flick-It Friday, Urban Hill in Concert

   June 1-3 , We’re making art with military caregivers at USO Warrior Week, pouring beer at the Naro for tips on Flick-It Fridays and enjoying Urban Hill in a special event/House Concert to raise funds on Saturday.         The month of June is packed; we hope you’ll make plans to join us to […]

“Mommy and Me” Arts Program Empowers Genieve Shelter women and children

Arts teacher Jill Tiderman spends many purpose-filled hours helping children engage creatively in Chesapeake public schools. Several times each year, she shares her art supplies, creativity, and happy, generous nature with mothers (often young) and their children at area shelters.   Her “Power Bead Bracelet” workshops allow children and their parents time and space to relax with […]

Veteran to Veteran: Service Through The Arts

Art Aids Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life Guest Blogger Jordan Ponder contributed this post. I am a recently discharged veteran and the transition from military life to civilian life is one that includes many trial and error choices. Trying to find a career that is fulfilling is a difficult task. When I found this amazing […]

Creative Services to Military Families

  Music Programs for vets at the Hampton VA The Hampton Roads community is rich in its history of service.  Many veterans call our neighborhoods and communities ‘home.’  We have had the honor to know and work with many fine musicians and artists who come from a military background.  Since 2005, many of these local, […]

Artists with Dementia “Drawn To The Light” by Elizabeth Simpson

Virginian Pilot reporter Elizabeth Simpson visited our workshop at The Chrysler Museum of Art on April 27.  “Modern Art Principles and Person-Centered Care for Elders with Dementia” was our wordy topic.  Like Lokon from Scripps Gerontology in Ohio, creator of “Opening Minds Through Art” was our presenter.  Simpson published “Drawn To The Light,” an article […]

Notes from the field: Love of Music Outreach Grew with Mama Dot’s Lasting Memories

A post by guest writer, singer, songwriter, guitarist and grandson Joe McMurray In a small town in western North Carolina, I grew up thirteen houses down from my grandparents’ home of over half a century.  My grandmother, whom we lovingly called Mama Dot, was in incredibly intelligent and thoughtful woman who loved to play the […]

Local workshop teaches use of art to open the hearts and minds of people with dementia

Local workshop teaches use of art to open the hearts and minds of people with dementia.    Caregivers can use “Opening Minds through Art” techniques to tap into creative abilities of people with dementia and also bolster communication. Pilot reporter Elizabeth Simpson and photographer Bill Tiernan visited the Tidewater Arts Outreach workshop for caregivers and […]