DuMA’s In the Mind’s Eye (ITME) respite program is committed to improving the quality of life and bringing the joy of art to people living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
ITME is modeled after the Arts & Minds program of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Carolyn Halpin-Healy, executive director of Arts & Mind, provided intensive training to DuMA staff and volunteers in March 2016.
ITME empowers people with dementia and their family members and caregivers. The program provides meaningful art centered activities that create positive cognitive, emotional, and social experiences, reduce isolation and build community.
Participants look at and talk about art, engage in an art activity, and share conversation in a safe and compassionate environment. A typical session involves viewing one or more works in the exhibition followed by an art activity exploring a variety of mediums including clay, pastels, paper or paint.
Maximum: 12 people per session (6 individuals living with dementia and their care partners)
Programs are offered April to October on the first and third Friday of the month from 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM