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Early Stage Programs

The Arts Fusion Early Stage Program provides opportunities for persons in the early stages of Alzheimer's and related dementias, and their caregivers, to participate in cultural art programs.  Through partnerships with regional organizations, Arts Fusion offers monthly docent-led discussions of museum and gallery exhibits. These social outings are modeled on the nationally recognized museum-based program Meet Me at MoMA. 

In addition, persons with dementia and caregivers participating in Arts Fusion’s Early Stage Program in Roanoke may attend selected performances of the Southwest Virginia Ballet or the Roanoke Symphony.  Participants in Charlottesville may attend selected performances at the Paramount Theatre and special dramatic arts program offerings through its partnership with the University of Virginia Drama Department.  A monthly music program is offered in Lynchburg.


Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia
Eyes on Art
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month
2:30pm - 3:15pm


Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
Meets the 4th Thursday of each month (will not meet in November or December, 2015)

Staunton Augusta Art Center
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month (first session Sept. 1, 2015)
10:00am - 10:45am 


Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month

Interactive Music Program
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month
First Presbyterian Church
10:30am - 11:30am

For more information, contact Sharon Celsor-Hughes (434) 973-6122 x 123 or

Arts Fusion Expressions NOW AVAILABLE!

By Lauren Catlett and Sharon Celsor-Hughes, Creative Arts Director, Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia

Arts Fusion Expressions is a comprehensive guide to developing and sharing creative activities for persons affected by dementia. This guide reviews the benefits of the arts in dementia care and provides tools for engaging in meaningful arts programs at home, in the community, or in formal care environments. The innovative, relationship-centered Arts Fusion approach supports multiple forms of expression and reaches persons of various backgrounds, interests, and levels of ability. Compelling stories, artwork, and testimonials from Arts Fusion participants, caregivers, and staff bring this resource to life.

"In my thirty plus years of working in geriatrics, I have never come across a resource so beautiful and perfect! It is pleasing to the eye, extremely user-friendly, relevant, and creative! I love the text, combined with pictures, examples, personal stories, and resources."
Brenda Isner, Life Enrichment Director

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Sharon Celsor-Hughes 434-973-6122 ext. 123
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