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Memories in the Making® Art Program
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A fine arts program for people with dementia

Memories in the Making®, introduced in 1988, is the signature art program of the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter. It is a unique program that allows persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to express themselves through art. During the creative process of painting, these individuals speak to us, offering us the essence of themselves.  The art they produce is a tangible means of expression, which speaks to families, professional caregivers and to the public.

The benefits of Memories in the Making can include:
     • Improved self-esteem
     • A productive outlet for emotions
     • Increased attention span and focus
     • Activation of neurons
     • An opportunity to socialize, thus reducing isolation 
     • Recollection and expression of past memories 
     • A way to reconnect with loved ones

The loss of language doesn’t mean the loss of the desire to express oneself. In fact, the part of the brain responsible for creativity is one of the last to be affected by the disease. The paintings, sketches and drawings created by these artists are often highly expressive, beautiful and hopeful.  In viewing the art, the families, caregivers and the public are often touced by the tangible evidence of what remains of the individual.

Learn more about the program by attending a Memories in the Making training. Click here for more information.

The 2016 Memories in the Making® Art Collection will feature artwork created by program participants, as well as local artists.


"Beauty in the Expanse of Time"
by Memories in the Making artist
JoAnn Harper

Eight artists were chosen to create a paired companion piece in their preferred medium. Each artist selected a painting created during a Memories in the Making class, which will serve as the inspiration for their own work of art. Both pieces will be displayed and sold together in order to raise funds and community awareness of Alzheimer's disease. All art will be debuted at the Orange County Alzheimer's Association Holiday Open House on December 16th, 2015.






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