Many of us know someone suffering from dementia or memory loss. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau has a program that happens once a month called, "SPARK!" It's designed for those suffering from memory loss and their care partners too.
The Curator of Education, Jayna Hintz, says the program is all about social interaction. In fact, there are two parts to it. The first, is looking at the artwork at the museum and then talking about it.
Hintz said, "It's really about those personal experiences, those personal connections to the art and often times asking those open-ended questions and having this personal connection to the artwork, we experience periods of reminiscing. So, those stories come up from family members that maybe one or the other hasn't heard before and it's sparked by the artwork and by those conversations."
The second part of the program is in the studio, where participants partake in a hands-on art making activity. Hintz says it's one of the most rewarding programs she's apart of because they see a change in people who participate.
SPARK! happens on the third Sunday of the month. You do need to register for it, you can do that by calling 715-845-7010.
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