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Memories in the Making®
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Art Programs for People with Dementia

Exhibition opens January 16 at UTA Fort Worth Campus
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Memories in the Making
Training Workshops
Participating Sites
Museum Programs

Memories in the Making® is an art program for people with dementia that was developed 25 years ago by two artists working with the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The program is now offered by some 20 chapters of the Association nationwide.

In weekly, one hour art sessions, people with Alzheimer’s disease or related forms of dementia use watercolor paints to create personal works of art. An artist facilitator trained in the Memories in the Making® method conducts the sessions with the help of care staff and volunteers. Bypassing the need for planning, knowing or learning new skills, MIM allows people with memory loss the opportunity to express themselves and see the results of their efforts take form before their eyes.

Researchers believe that creativity is important to individuals’ sense of well being and that the parts of the brain involved in creative pursuits may remain relatively intact after other functions have diminished. For many with dementia, art becomes a means of telling stories, communicating emotions and recalling lost memories. Others enjoy the sensation of seeing the shapes, lines and colors flow from the brush. For most, it is an engaging and enjoyable activity when other avenues for creating, communicating and experiencing pleasure are lost.

The Alzheimer’s Association helps care staff bring Memories in the Making® to their communities by training them to be facilitators, supplying art materials and organizing opportunities to share the works of art. The painters in the program often create beautiful works of art that are included in exhibitions or reproduced as calendars and note cards, helping the Alzheimer’s Association promote awareness of the disease. More important than the finished product, however, is the process of finding a means of self-expression through art and enhancing the quality of life for those suffering from dementia.

For more information about Memories in the Making®, to host the program at your site or to volunteer to assist with the classes, contact Lisa Buck at 817.336.4949 or 800.272.3900.

Memories in the Making Training Workshops

The Alzheimer's Association periodically offers Memories in the Making Training Workshops for anyone interested in becoming a facilitator. Similar to the on-site training sessions offered to care communities hosting MIM, the two-hour workshop covers the history, philosophy and benefits of MiM, plus guidelines and tips for successfully conducting the art making sessions and a chance to try out the art materials. The training is a perfect way for volunteers and new staff at communities that already host MIM to learn how to make the program a success.

The next MIM Facilitator Training Workshop is:

Thursday, September 26, 10 am to noon
Alzheimer's Association Office
2630 West Fwy, Suite 100
Fort Worth, 76102

Download a flyer here. $25 includes CEU's for activity professionals; free for potential volunteers and staff of communities already hosting MIM. Download registration form here. Call Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949 or email lisa.buck@alz.org.


Exhibitions of paintings created by participants in MIM showcase the paintings created by participants of the Memories in the Making Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Katherine, Autumn Leaves, 2013. Lakewood Village Senior Living Community. Katherine, who has a college degree in chemistry and taught high school math, says she was never an artist. She was a long time member of the Fort Worth Camera Club, always dressed well and liked to decorate.

Beyond Memory: Paintings by People with Dementia
Opening Party and Auction Kick-Off
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5 to 8 pm
Exhibition on view through January 25

Gallery 76102
UTArlington/Fort Worth Campus
1401 Jones Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Gallery entrance located at south end on Jones
Limited parking available in the front and back of building

Sponsored by


Heart. Mind. Hand.
Paintings by People with Dementia
Co-presented with the UNT-HSC Healthy Aging Council
February 1 through 28, 2013

UNT Health Science Center
Carl E. Everett Building
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

View paintings here

Click on image to view caption
Joy, "Music" Autumn Leaves of Cityview

Persistence of Self:
Paintings by People with Dementia

February 3 through 28

Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Fort Worth, TX 76107

View paintings here. Click on image to view caption

Nona, "The Baby and its Playthings" Sunrise Assisted Living of Fort Worth

Levita, "The Water and the Boat"
Texhoma Christian Care Center, Wichita Falls

Realm Beyond Memory: Paintings by People with DementiaArt Museum at Midwestern State Universty
Wichita Falls, Texas
November 30 through December 2, 2011

Read here about the Fall 2011 research
project four MSU psychology students
and four Wichita Falls long-term care

November 5 to November 28, 2012

Visible Voices: Paintings by People with Memory Loss
Arlington Museum of Art
Arlington, Texas
View paintings here

June 3 to July 31, 2010

Magic of the Moment: Paintings by People with Memory Loss
Kemp Center for the Arts
Wichita Falls, Texas

September 25 to October 25, 2009

An Art of Me: Paintings by People with Dementia
Emeritus at Tanglewood Oaks
Fort Worth, Texas
View paintings here.

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Care communities currently participating in Memories in the Making® are:

Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center   Abilene
Autumn Leaves of Arlington   Arlington
Arden Courts   Arlington
Arlington Villa   Arlington
Autumn Leaves of Cityview   Fort Worth
James L. West Senior Adult Day Program   Fort Worth
Garden Terrace Alzheimer's Center   Fort Worth
Lakewood Village Healthcare Center   Fort Worth
The Stayton   Fort Worth
Trinity Terrace   Fort Worth
Quail Park Assisted Living Granbury
Arbor House   Granbury
The Cove at Waterview   Granbury
Autumn Leaves of Grapevine   Grapevine
Autumn Leaves of Fossil Creek   Haltom City
Arbor House   Lewisville
Isle at Watercrest   Mansfield
Villagio   Plano
Clare Bridge Cottage   Richland Hills
Isle of Watermere   Southlake
Peach Tree Place   Weatherford
Arbor House   Weatherford
Martin Crest   Weatherford
Grace Care Center   Wichita Falls

Museum Programs for People with Dementia

Art Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District offer special programs for people with dementia and there caregivers. Visit the museum websites for program descriptions and times or call for more information.

Amon Carter Museum


Sharing the Past through Art
Designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, during this program participants discuss artists, themes, and exhibitions and use artworks to connect to past experiences. 817.989.5030


Kimbell Art Museum


Individuals with Alzheimer's and their care partners are invited for interactive art experiences every month on selected Monday afternoons. 817-332-8451, ext. 351


Modern Art Museum


In the Moment at the Modern
Participants experience works on view through intimate conversation with docents and thoughtful projects designed by the Museum’s education staff. 817.840.2141.

For more information about Memories in the Making, contact Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949.

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