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Arts the Spark

Arts the Spark is a remarkable program tailored for individuals living with memory impairments, such as early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, as well as other neurological conditions. This enriching experience also includes their healthy caregivers, providing them with a shared expressive outlet and the opportunity to engage in adult discussions. Modeled after a similar initiative at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Arts the Spark stands out as the only program of its kind in Central Florida.

Taking place on select Saturdays, including June 1st, Arts the Spark offers participants an interactive tour of the Museum’s exhibitions. These tours are specially designed to create a safe and stimulating environment where those affected by memory loss can engage their imaginations and participate in meaningful dialogue through art. Led by OMA professional educators, the small group tours are conducted during non-public hours in the Museum’s galleries. This ensures a tranquil setting where participants can fully immerse themselves in the artworks on display.

The program is not just about observing art; it’s about using fine art as a catalyst for discussion and reminiscing. Following the gallery tour, caregivers have the opportunity to socialize with one another over coffee, sharing experiences and providing mutual support. Meanwhile, their loved ones participate in a studio art activity, fostering creativity and expression in a guided setting.

Arts The Spark aims to offer a rich and fulfilling experience for both individuals with memory impairments and their caregivers. It provides a unique forum for dialogue and artistic expression, helping participants to connect and communicate in a meaningful way.

The program is generously supported by the Joseph G. Markoly Foundation, with additional backing from the Parkinson’s Association of Central Florida and The Joe & Sarah Galloway Foundation. This support underscores the commitment to enriching the lives of those dealing with neurological impairments through the power of art.

Participation in Arts the Spark is free, but pre-registration is required to ensure a personalized and attentive experience for all attendees. This thoughtful initiative not only provides a much-needed expressive outlet for those with memory impairments but also fosters a sense of community and support among caregivers.

For anyone seeking an enriching, supportive environment to explore art and engage in creative dialogue, Arts the Spark offers an invaluable opportunity. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unique and heartwarming program on June 1st and other select Saturdays.

 

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