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Upcoming ARTZ Events in Massachusetts and California


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ARTZ is Recipient of Fundraiser from SKAL Club at The Colonnade Hotel


Boston, MA - ARTZ was an honored guest at the SKAL Club's annual luncheon and fundraiser, which was generously hosted by Boston's famed Colonnade Hotel on Thursday, December 20th. The SKAL Club is an international association of travel and tourism. To learn more about their great work please visit: Every year SKAL hosts a fund raiser for a local non-profit and ARTZ is so pleased to receive said honor this year. The luncheon, including a silent and live auction, raised several thousand dollars for ARTZ programming! Check back for news about the total donation amount! ARTZ thanks everyone who made a donation at the luncheon! We salute the great work of SKAL, which has raised over $300,000 for charities through its annual fundraising campaign. Special thanks to David Colella, Director of the Colonnade, and his wife, artist Nancy Colella, for their enthusiastic support and commitment to improving the quality of life for people affected by Alzheimer's and related dementia.






Marian Brown Joins ARTZ as Associate Director

We are delighted to announce that Marian Brown has joined our team as Associate Director. Ms. Brown is an arts educator and professional studio artist. She graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Education (HGSE) this May with a degree in Arts in Education. Prior to coming to HGSE and Boston, she completed artist residencies at The Colorado Center for Handmade Paper and The Genesee Center for Arts and Education. Marian's work is currently showing at Harvard's Gutman Library and will also be showing at VSA Massachusetts Open Door Gallery later this summer. As a passionate arts-educator and inclusive practices advocate, Marian describes ARTZ as a "natural fit". Given the great alignment in vision, and the commitment to quality arts experiences, we have no doubt that she will be a great asset to our team.

You can reach Marian at or call 585.737.6895







ARTZ Featured in New England Museum Association Magazine

From the article by Noelle Foye, Education Director, Fuller Craft Museum:

Alzheimer's Program Offers Joy

"Working with ARTZ has introduced the staff and volunteers at Fuller Craft Museum, and a number of other museums in the region, to different set of expectations for gauging success in educational programs."    CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE






ARTZ Program Introduced at Harvard University's Peabody Museum  of Archaelogy & Ethnology

From PMAE Newsletter:

"Comfortably seated before a large photograph of Sitting Bull in the Peabody's Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West exhibition, the group's discussion is lively. "Is this the kind of person you'd like to meet?" asks a tour leader. "Yes! I want to hear his story. He looks like he went through a lot of things. Weathered, he looks weathered." "That's a good word," encourages leader Sally Sutton. She's an Endicott College senior, interning full-time with ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's." CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE




Seeing Alzheimer's Differently, April 25, 2012, Free Symposium

Presented by Alzheimer's Disease International, NYC Alzheimer's Association, and Pace University College of Health Professionals

A free public symposium on caregiving with love and laughter. Preceded by afternoon workshops. Wednesday, April 25 @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY





'Violin Lessons & Dementia' from Medscape News

April 4, 2012 (Houston, Texas) — Patients with Alzheimer's disease with otherwise limited cognitive function who had never before played the violin showed the potential not just to learn to play the instrument, but demonstrated improvements in mood and neuropsychiatric function in relation to the learning of the skill...READ ARTICLE HERE





ARTZ Sacramento Kicks-Off

CLICK HERE to meet Tiffany Paige, the Director of ARTZ Sacramento

Stay tuned for the opening of ARTZ San Francisco in 2012!




Invitation to 'Memory, Learning & Aging, WGBH, PBS, Boston

'Memory, Learning & Aging' by ARTZ co-founder John Zeisel. You are invited to be part of our studio audience as we film a presentation that will air on PBS stations nationwide starting in March 2012. When: Monday, December 12th from 1 - 3:30pm; Where: WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Boston, MA; Attendance at this event is free but reservations are required. Please e-mail:



AARP Features ARTZ Film Program

'Restoring Memories through Movies' by Sally Abrahms


Patty Marquis, a social worker, has brought her parents, Bob and Elaine, to the program twice. "My father knows all the actors and names them the way he used to when he was younger," says Marquis, 61. "We are laughing together. Usually I go to their assisted living place and just sit with them for lunch. This is an outing!" To read the full article CLICK HERE



ARTZ Summer Internship Program

ARTZ is delighted to introduce Summer Intern Melody Bushmich from Endicott College. According to Melody, "At my internship at ARTZ I hope to gain a deeper understanding of dementia while also further exploring the development of therapeutic arts programming that improves quality of life.  Aspiring to have a career within the field of Senior Community Management, I hope to acquire the skills needed for planning and executing successful, meaningful events and programs like ARTZ has done."



Documentary featuring ARTZ to be screened

at Lowell Film & the Arts Series

I Remember Better When I Paint, Documentary, French Connection Films

Tuesday, June 7 @ 7 PM (doors at 6:30 PM)

ALL Arts Gallery, 22 Shattuck Street, Lowell, MA

I Remember Better When I Paint, part of the 2011 Film & the Arts Series, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s. This groundbreaking documentary by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation and narrated by legendary Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Haviland. Guest panelists include Sean Caulfield of ARTZ; Art therapist Julianne Hertz from Lesley University; and UMass Lowell faculty member Ruth Remington, Ph.D. This event is presented in partnership with the Arts League of Lowell and made possible with support from the Lowell Cultural Council.



Big Apple



ARTZ Night at the Big Apple Circus in Boston!

The BAC's 33rd season features the fabulous new show, 'Dance On!'

Through the generosity of the Big Apple Circus and their outreach programming, ARTZ is offering complimentary tickets to people living with dementia and their care partners. Wednesday, May 11th @ 6:30pm in Boston's Government Center. Registration required. Call  781-844-4671 or e-mail:; For more information on the Big Apple Circus please visit their website at:



Meet Me at the Coolidge...and make memories

An interactive film program for people with memory loss and their care partners

Where: Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

When: Thursday, April 3rd, 10am - 12pm; Tickets are FREE

Free popocorn and beverages!

This interactive program, guided by ARTZ facilitators,is a one-of-a-kind film event designed specifically to encourage audience discussion and reminiscence. This program will show short clips from classic films from the 1930's - 1960's.

For tickets, more info, or to volunteer, e-mail

or call 781.674.2884 x 119

Program supported through the generosity of The Llewellyn Foundation & The Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust



ARTZ recognized by Metropolitan New York Recreation and Park Society (METRO)

ARTZ is honored to be chosen as the recipient of its annual Organization Award from the Metropolitan New York Recreation and Park Society (METRO). ARTZ will be recognized at METRO's 40th Annual Awards Dinner on May 18th @ 6:30pm at Manhattan Penthouse, 80th Fifth Avenue at 14th Street.




ARTZ United Kingdom Kick-Off

First Annual ARTZ sponsored Arts & Dementia Conferene in Oxford

ARTZ is pleased to unveil its new chapter in the United Kingdom. This will coincide with the upcoming ARTZ and Dementia Conference at St. Hilda's College in Oxford on June 22nd. The ARTZ UK programmes include: Establishing a network of amateur and professional artists who volunteer for 1 hour per year to work with or perform for people with dementia in care homes or in day settings in the community; Providing guided tours in museums and art galleries using specially trained staff and volunteers to create successful visits with people with dementia engaging their interest and creating memories; Developing programmes in local cultural institutions that support access and welcome people with dementia;Building a network of cultural institutions, including sports clubs, cafés, cinemas and theatres in every locality in order to offer a weekly programme of events for people with dementia and carers.



"I'm Still Here" Exhibit Opens in San Francisco

Themes of identity and self-expression aimed at educating scientific community

March 25, 2011

The paintings, poems, and photographs have been installed for the current ARTZ "I'm Still Here: Alzheimer's and Creative Expression" exhibition in San Francisco, CA. Seven artists living with dementia participated in this project. The goal of this exhibit is to educate scientists and biotech organizations about the inner spirit and immense creative capacities of people diagnosed with dementia.




Meet Me at Tribeca Cinemas...and make memories

An interactive film program for people with memory loss and their care partners

Where: Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, New York, NY

When: Thursday, March 31st, 2011, 11am - 1pm; Tickets are FREE with registration

Free popcorn and beverages!

This interactive program, guided by ARTZ facilitators, is a one-of-a-kind film event designed specifically to encourage audience discussion and reminiscence. This program will show short clips from classic films from the 1930's - 1960's.

For tickets, more info, or to volunteer, e-mail:

or call 917.687.7377   Tickets are limited to those who register!

This program was generously funded by the UJA-Federation of New York





ARTZ is featured on National Public Radio
Nationally syndicated program, 'Here and Now' host Robin Young interviews ARTZ co-founders John Zeisel and Sean Caulfield on the healing power of art. The show also features an ARTZ museum tour at theNational Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.
We also hear participants from assisted living residences and nursing homes reacting to the art they see in very insightful and moving ways; and learn about the ARTZ approach to working with people living with dementia and their care partners..

> Listen to this podcast


ARTZ Newsletter is now available for download.
Featured articles include:
• "Meet Me Through My Art" at the DeCordova Museum
•  ARTZ and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Film Program
•  A Music Legend anda Fashion Designer Support ARTZ
•  ARTZ and the Springfield Museum Collaborate

> Click here to download


I Remember Better When I Paint
French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation present, "I Remember Better
When I Paint,"
a compelling documentary about Alzheimer’s disease and
non-pharmalogical therapies. It is now available on a beautifully produced DVD.
> Learn more

  ARTZ Recognizes Exceptional Organizations
In a new initiative Artists for Alzheimer’s ® is recognizing exceptional organizations that are creatively developing arts experiences that improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
> Read more
  The ARTZ Museum Network
With a grant from the McCance Family Foundation to develop Alzheimer’s-specific access programs at museums in Massachusetts, five area institutions now participate in this exciting program.The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, the Fuller-Craft Museum, Brockton, the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge.  
> Read more
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