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Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss

SPARK! is an art, music, and culture 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.

ARTS for ALL Wisconsin SPARK! programs take place on the first Friday of each month, from 10-11:30am at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, hosted by NewBridge.

Each 90-minute program is unique, including creative experiences in artmaking, drama, movement/dance, music, poetry, or storytelling.

SPARK! facilitators and volunteers were trained by the Dane County Aging & Disability Resource Center and collaborate with community partners and professionals to continually enhance programming.

Because of my special interest in working for people with dementia and their care partners as First Lady, I am truly excited about SPARK! programming throughout Wisconsin and very much appreciate that ARTS for ALL Wisconsin has stepped into the role of SPARK! provider for Dane County. Arts and cultural programs for people with Alzheimer's and Dementia are powerful and effective whole-person approaches to achieving better health and improved quality of life for Wisconsinites affected by this devastating disease, and I thank ARTS for ALL Wisconsin for serving those affected by dementia as one element of the many arts opportunities they offer those in the disability community.

- Wisconsin First Lady, Kathy Evers


Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on people with compromised immune systems and the elderly, masks are strongly encouraged during in-person programs for all who can comply. Masks will be provided. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please do not attend in-person programming. Many of AFA's programs offer virtual options. Please contact if you have questions or for more information about accessing virtual programming.  



Support for SPARK! has been provided by Bader Philanthropies, Endres Manufacturing Co. Foundation, NewBridge, Dane Arts, and the Evjue Foundation