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Memories in the Making
When the one we love who has dementia seems distant and lost, the magic of art often provides the perfect venue for communication and expression. Through Memories in the Making, individuals with Alzheimer's disease express with watercolor what they can no longer communicate with words. Even if only for a moment, memories stored deep within are resurrected. When someone with Alzheimer's disease is given the opportunity to paint a memory, amazing stories emerge.

Memories in the Making is a weekly art program sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and hosted in assisted living communities, nursing facilities and adult day programs around the Chapter’s bi-state service area. Groups of 5 to 10 individuals are led by a trained, experienced volunteer artist and a facility staff person for a one-hour weekly art session. The annual Memories in the Making Art Auction celebrates the lives and voices of the individual artists involved in this program. The Art Auction, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association - Heart of America Chapter, showcases these treasures and the stories behind our talented artists.

Beautiful Watercolors....SOLD to the highest bidders! 
This year's Memories in the Making Art Auction featured 60 treasured watercolor pieces, all painted by individuals with Alzheimer's and raised more than $150,000 to help the Chapter continue to offer services and resources for individuals with Alzheimer's, their families and caregivers.

to everyone who attended this year's event including the artists, their families, Memories in the Making artist facilitators, sponsors and volunteers.

We hope to see you at the 2015 Memories in the Making Art Auction on Thursday, May 7th at Sporting KC, Shield Club.




Masterpiece Sponsors

Garden Terrace at Overland Park         Marny and John Sherman

Village Shalom


Signature Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC        Burns & McDonnell

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP        Lockton Companies

Stinson Leonard Street LLP        Villages of Jackson Creek

 Ward & Ward Custom Picture Framing


Artist Sponsors

Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation        Christy and Bill Gautreaux

Husch Blackwell LLP        MedTrak Services

Laura Ozenberger and Keith Cary

Schlee, Huber, McMullen & Krause, P.C.



360 Architecture     Debra and Charles Brook     Laura and Jim Goettsch

Jane and Mike Kress     Sarah and Martin Loring

Sheila Madden and David Schlee     Cathy and Mark Maslan

 Polsinelli PC     Victoria Rae and Matthew Swindells     Red Brokerage


For more information about the Memories in the Making program or the 2015 Art Auction, please contact Debra Brook at 913.831.3888 or dbrook@alz.org




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