ARTZ in the Neighborhood:


ARTZ & Northwest Philadelphia  

What gives you joy?

Research tells us that opportunities to shape one’s own life, even in small ways, can lead people living with dementia to feel re-enfranchised. Such opportunities to play an active role are part of maintaining “quality of life.”

ARTZ in the Neighborhood is a community-centered project by and for people living with dementia and their care partners in two North Philadelphia communities. In the northwest Philadelphia project, people living with dementia and their care partners are making the most of their knowledge and experience to guide the creation of a new program for themselves and others in the area. The project so far is powered by storytelling, and it’s populated by a diverse group of participants (including longtime residents of northwest Philadelphia, faculty and staff at La Salle University, health professionals, students and seniors.)

zProgram Detailsy

Our northwest Philadelphia project began in the summer of 2018. The advisory group for this project bridges communities within communities: members live or work in Germantown, West Oak Lane, Logan and Olney. Many members are care partners of people living with dementia. Many also share a commitment to quality of life for people with dementia and their loved ones, in their roles as community activists, public health professionals, community nurses, museum professionals, or historians with an interest in art and medicine. The group continues to grow as we meet new members at health fairs, libraries, and other community venues.


Existing members are generous in sharing their time and stories, along with a commitment to maintaining open doors and an on-the-ground approach. They will continue to drive the project, as will the stories that their friends and neighbors share.

ARTZ in the Neighborhood is funded by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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zWhat People are Sayingy

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“I was praying that I'd find a connection with my mother again. I was feeling very guilty because I couldn't watch my mom like that. When I found ARTZ Philadelphia, it made me realize it's ok to feel that way. And as a liaison, it allows me to share the fact that it's ok if you cannot be with your mom.”
— Toya A., care partner and community liaison