Artisan Mind is an organization that connects art, creativity and cultural institutions to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners.
By using artistic experiences as keys to unlock imagination, we have the opportunity to create new memories, strengthen relationships and enrich lives in fundamental ways.
Our purpose is to bring happiness and social connection to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by engaging their creative abilities. Our experience with thousands of program participants in the Sacramento Region supports national research on positive connection between creativity, happiness, and health.
With a BFA from Parson’s School of Design, Tiffany Paige Ramirez worked in the design industry until her call into creative arts care. Moved by the loss of her grandfather to Alzheimer’s, she started pursuing her passion to bring the healing properties of art and imagination to lives of people living with the illness.
In 2010, she initiated the Art Liaison Program with VITAS Hospice, developing individually personalized, creative programs for patients in their care. Prior to launching the Sacramento Chapter of ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, she worked as Life Enrichment Manager with Sunrise Senior Living, followed by Life Enrichment Director with CiminoCare.
Inspired by the brilliance and generosity of men like Grandpa Mac and the loving wisdom of women like Nanna Lu, Tiffany is dedicated to offering creative experiences that serve as gateways to accessing lost memories, giving persons living with Alzheimer’s a chance to reclaim their sense of dignified self and heal the symptoms often associated with the illness and other related dementias.