In this time of prescribed physical distancing, we are experimenting with a complementary but distinctly different Rx — we’re calling it ARTZ-Connect.
In early March 2020, we suspended our in-person programs for people living with dementia and their care partners because of the outbreak of COVID-19.
We are deeply committed to protecting the health and well-being of our community, and yet we also recognize the impact of program suspensions and doors shut to visitors. We know, even though necessary, these closures and program have caused and continue to cause an increase in isolation and a decrease in creative and social engagement for people living with dementia and their care partners.
Through ARTZ-Connect, many of our programs are now available online — including some new ones created just in the past six months
Our ARTZ-Connect programs all have the essential attributes of ARTZ Philadelphia programming:
small-group conversations inspired by art or small-group art-making
a safe space in which people with dementia, their families and friends can come together, free from judgment and supported in being fully themselves
a comfortable space in which imaginations soar and a sense of community is established through mutual trust and respect
a place where “communication” and “conversation” take place in all sorts of ways, from smiling eyes to evocative words to eloquent gestures to joyous laughter.
ARTZ-Connect programs also have some qualities that are only possible with online programming:
the comfort of attending from your own home — no need to drive anywhere
program attendance has no geographical boundaries, our participants can visit with us and get to know each other from across the street or across the country
when we look at works of art together, we can get close enough to touch them and can see details we’d never be able to see in a physical gallery space