Over twenty locations serving residents in Wisconsin and Minnesota are extending their cultural, natural and historical collections to create meaningful experiences for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.
The SPARK! programs connects the museums with local partners in healthy aging. The Alzheimer's Association is assisting with training and support.
Under a Helen Bader Foundation initiative, the museums are taking cues from "Meet Me at MoMA", an innovative program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For more information, click here.
SPARK! provides an opportunity for those with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy art and artifacts in a comfortable setting, guided by trained docents and volunteers. Programming at each museum is different. The atmosphere is welcoming and stimulating. Attendees enjoy a wonderful time and are eager to come back for more. Repeat attendance and attendance of multiple programs in different locations is encouraged!
The fourteen museums participating in the SPARK! program are:
- History at the Castle
- Milwaukee Public Museum
- Beloit College Museums - 608. 741.3615
- Jewish Museum Milwaukee
- John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan
- Kenosha Civil War Museum
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Minnesota Marine Art Museum
- Madison Children’s Museum
- Museum of Wisconsin Art
- Racine Art Museum and Wustum Museum
- Rahr-West Art Museum
- St. John's on the Lake - 414.272.2202
- Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
- SPARK! of Dodge County - 920.386.3580
- The Building for Kids Children Museum
- Trout Museum of Art
- Waukesha County - Multiple Locations
- Wisconsin Historical Society
- Wisconsin Veteran's Museum
If you are interested in learning more about SPARK! or would like to have a SPARK! program started in your community, please contact Dawn Koceja at the Milwaukee Public Museum at Koceja@mpm.edu or 414.278.6943.