Memories in the Making®
A fine arts program for people with
About the Memories in the Making® Art program
In 1986, artist, board member and caregiver Selly Jenny, whose mother had Alzheimer’s disease, explored the use of an art program to identify how much dementia patients could reveal about themselves through the medium of art. Most had never painted before, yet the response was uniformly positive, revealing and reaffirming.
The Memories in the Making® Art Program was thus born and has grown into a calendar, a training manual, an art exhibit and more -- expanding both nationally and internationally.
Alzheimer's dementia brings with it a constant reminder of failures and losses. The Memories in the Making® Art program is not about failure. Every picture is important and valid. Its value lies in the creative process of making the art and expressing feelings and emotions trapped inside. The ensuing sense of accomplishment brings renewed joy and self-respect to the patient.
Our exhibits present a selection of these paintings and the stories of each artist. The messages are from the person who is striving to maintain his or her own dignity and identity, despite the ravages of dementia. Each painting is named by the Alzheimer-artist and the artwork is totally their own creation.
The artists speak with powerful brush strokes of color and tentative tracings of line. They pull us into the world of an individual with Alzheimer's. As we look at their paintings, we see their stories in a language that needs no words. Their paintings show us glimpses of who they were and who they still are. They call out to us in a way we cannot ignore.
A special thanks to all the framers and facilities who support the Memories in the Making art program.
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Upcoming Facilitator Training
Training is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use art as a communication tool for individuals with dementia, or related disorders. Please contact us for CEUs.
Thursday, May 9, 2013: 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Light lunch will be provided
*$95.00 registration fee includes light lunch & training manual
Alzheimer's Association,Orange County
17771 Cowan, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92614
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To register please contact Nancy at 949.757.3761
For additional information regarding the Memories in the Making® program, please conatct Marilyn at 949.757.3719.
Memories in the Making Revised Program Manual
Incorporates the basic philosophy of the Memories art program with the latest and newest techniques tried and tested over the years since the original publication for the Orange County Chapter by Selly Jenny in 1993. The manual contains information to assist anyone who is interested in starting a Memories in the Making art class.
La Doris “Sam” Heinly wrote the Memories in the Making (MIM) book to memorialize the best practices of talented art facilitators across the country, and to provide a framework for expanding the program to new locations. She believes it is essential to unite our combined knowledge in one central location to ensure longevity of this beneficial creative art activity, which has been recognized nationally as a model for dementia care. The book is based on over twenty years of experience with the MIM program, and her own experiences as an art facilitator. Click Here to Buy Now
Author: La Doris "Sam" Heinly, MSW
People say that art "speaks" to them. It speaks to their soul in a way words do not. When words fail, a work of art can tell as story, express an emotion, recreate a memory and serve as a vehicle of expression. Art allows for validation of feelings and a way to communicate with each other.
The information contained in the book is the result of many years of experience working with hundreds of individuals with dementia. That experience, combined with lessons learned in training and in collaboration with art facilitators in the field, has resulted in this unique resource. Click Here to Buy Now
Memories in the Making® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Alzheimer's Association.