Discover FREE art experiences for people with memory loss and their caregivers at the RAM’s Wustum Museum and the Racine Art Museum. Developed to provide a stimulating, yet non-threatening atmosphere, these creative experiences encourage the person with memory loss to actively engage in the moment and leave with a feeling of accomplishment and worth. Each program offers a unique mix of engagement focused activities explored through visual art conversation, sensory stimulants, creative writing/poetry, music, the art of movement and hands-on art making.

For more information about SPARK! please contact
RAM Curator of Education Tricia Blasko at 262.636.9573.

SPARK! at the Museums
FREE monthly art activity and gallery engagement programs at RAM's Wustum Museum on Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30 am. FREE gallery engagement programs at RAM on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

SPARK! on the Road
Trained museum engagement educators will bring visual art focused programs to senior groups with early to early mid-stage dementia or memory loss.

SPARK! at RAM and RAM's Wustum Museum
Alzheimer's Association

In 2009, 10 founding institutions chosen by the Helen Bader Foundation (now, Bader Philanthropies, Inc.) established a forward thinking program of collaboration and cross connected policies and procedures that help new institutions and organizations begin engagement programs that are accessible to families living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. These programs focus on life-long learning, providing quality of life experiences while living in the moment and inspiring creative expression through engaging the senses. The SPARK! Alliance institutions are situated regionally in Wisconsin and Minnesota and now consist of over 22 museums and cultural organizations.

5th Annual SPARK! Conference on Creative Engagement
Connecting through Creativity
September 20-21, 2018
The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Appleton, Wisconsin
The conference will feature nationally recognized presenters, in-depth and hands-on sessions which will include brain health, art-making, grant writing, building community partnerships and many others. If you are a museum, cultural institution, professional caregiver, activities or medical professional looking for fresh and engaging actives to enhance programs for people with memory loss, this conference is for you!
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