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Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss

SPARK! is a cultural program for people with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Programs are designed to keep participants actively engaged in their communities by providing experiences that stimulate conversations, provide peer support, and inspire creativity through engaging workshops.

All SPARK! programs are free for participants and care partners to attend together, in the comfortable and accessible environment of our Madison Art Center.

SPARK! programs at ARTS for ALL Wisconsin take place on the first Friday of each month, from 10-11:30am. Each 90-minute program is unique, including creative experiences in artmaking, drama, movement/dance, music, poetry, or storytelling.

All SPARK! facilitators and volunteers have been trained by the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin or the local Aging & Disability Resource Center and collaborate with community partners and professionals to continually enhance programming.

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Friday February 4

February's SPARK! session will be Telling Tales Together with Teaching Artist Terry Kerr.

Participants will liberate their imaginations and connect with one another as they explore story structure and storytelling techniques. They will find greater ease and comfort when speaking in front of others and strengthen attention and focus.

Friday March 4

March's SPARK! session will be The More You Snow with Teaching Artist Christy Grace.

Learn about how snowflakes form, see some macro photography of different flakes, and hear some Eskimo words for different kinds of snow. Participants will also listen to different pieces of music and compare them to how a blizzard or a soft, gentle snow might feel. After being inspired by all things snow, we'll create our own snowflakes through salt painting.

Friday April 1

April's SPARK! session will be Felted Soap Making with Teaching Artist Christy Grace.

Participants will explore colors, textures, and patterns to create felted soap that can be taken home for their own use or gifted to loved ones.

More dates and descriptions coming soon!



Support for SPARK! has been provided by Bader Philanthropies and the Green Bay Packers Foundation