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Heart. Mind. Hand. Paintings by People with Dementia
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View the exhibition Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, through February

Everett building, Floor 2, UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
and
Alzheimer's Association Fort Worth Office
2630 West Freeway, Suite 100

All paintings in the exhbition are being auctioned online throughout February to raise funds to support Memories in the Making.  To bid on a paintings, visit www.biddingforgood.com/thanksforthememories.

Memories in the Making®, the Alzheimer’s Association art program for people with dementia
, is founded on the premise that creativity is essential for the health of the human spirit.  The slow creep of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementing illness robs people of their professions, hobbies, conversations and other means of expressing themselves creatively. The emotions, thoughts and physical self remain; they just increasingly fail to work in concert, compromising one’s ability to act upon the world.  Bypassing the need for learning and remembering, Memories in the Making restores a means for creative self-expression to people who are losing other avenues. Using quality watercolor paint, good brushes and thick paper makes it possible for anyone who can hold a paintbrush to create an original work of art. Trained facilitators encourage painters to use whatever conscious thought and physical effort they can muster in creating their pictures. The only rule is that each mark on the paper be the artist’s own, an authentic “signature” of the person within.

When the artists speak, their own words infuse the paintings with meaning.  For some, painting is catalyst for reminiscing, an occasion for telling an oft-repeated tale with fresh vigor and purpose. Others struggle, but find a way to connect words to the painting experience. They embrace the challenge of making their hands do what their mind wills and take pleasure in the feeling of accomplishment.  Even those who no longer verbalize well may find joy, and a voice, in making images. 

Heart. Mind. Hand. celebrates the survival of the creative spirit in those whose abilities to do, think, remember and communicate have all but slipped away.  Giving a paintbrush to one who can scarcely express him or herself with words allows them a new form of creative self expression.  With their hands and few remaining words, they show us what is in their hearts and minds.  

Memories in the Making was developed 25 years ago by two artists working with the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and was adopted by the North Central Texas Chapter in 2009.  To date, the program has been introduced in 50 Alzheimer’s care and assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the Chapter’s 40 county area.


 

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