Smokey Mountain Childhood
I wanted to thank you for such a special day you gave me and my grandmother. As her dementia progressed it was hard to have certain conversations with her. However, with your help and navigation through the artwork she was able to talk about things she hadn’t been able to discuss in months or even years. She had a wonderful time that brought her back to the Smokey Mountains and her childhood. She was very self conscious about her dementia in public because she knew she wasn’t able to communicate the way she wanted to. But you allowed her to express her emotions and feel like a queen.
Halley, Oakland, CA
Sunrises & Rainbows
Evelyn, an Artisan Mind participant discusses her painting of a sunrise. “Sunrises and rainbows remind me of Santa Monica. My mother would take me to the beach to watch the sunrise. We would get there in the dark. She had taken us to Hollywood so we could become stars. My mother was a wild one.
-Evelyn, Carmichael, CA
The Power of Art
“We all experience life in our own unique, individual way that then intricately intertwines with others’ lives, creating a complex, wonderful human experience. Alzheimer’s and dementia can deprive someone of the ability to weave themselves into that valuable experience, to connect with others in a way we all need on a very real and important level. Engaging with art has a fascinating way of helping that person thread themselves back into the human experience. It touches a part of ourselves that Alzheimer’s cannot block. We have not figured out a way to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, but the power of art has shown us a way to help someone reroute around it and allows for a priceless connection, rejoining these valuable people to our human experience.”
– Alicia Hadley
Therapeutic Activity Specialist, The Hummingbird Project
Imagine opening your email to this…
Hello family and friends. Just had to share our best photo in many, many years. Our most grateful thanks to Tiffany Paige Ramirez with Artisan Mind (formerly with ARTZ). This photograph was taken in one of the halls of the Crocker Art Museum on 01/17/2014. The title should be “Shall We Dance?”