Keep those doors open...
Become a Monthly Donor
YOU can still open doors to people living with dementia and their families, even in the time of COVID-19.
ARTZ Philadelphia is entering its eighth year at this most challenging of times. Your gift each month will ensure that we are able to provide meaningful, creative, self-esteem-building programs that brighten the lives of people with dementia and those who love them. No matter the distance.
A message from Susan Shifrin, our Executive Director
Become a Monthly Donor Today!
How to Make a Monthly Donation
When filling out the donation form, please be sure to:
Check the box next to "Show my support by making this a recurring donation"
Choose "Monthly" in the "Frequency dropdown menu"
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When monthly donor Elizabeth Stauderman initially supported our mission, frankly she did so because she’s a dear friend of Susan’s, going all the way back to their college days.
And then Elizabeth’s father received the diagnosis of vascular dementia.
Vascular dementia can look like Alzheimer’s Disease. It typically affects more men than women. But it results from chronically reduced blood flow to the brain that can be caused by such conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes or stroke.
As the disease took its toll, Elizabeth noticed that one of the few times she could still connect with her father was when the two of them spent time at The Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery.
Experiencing firsthand the miraculous way that viewing art together could help her rediscover her connections with her own father opened Elizabeth’s eyes to the power of ARTZ. That’s when her reason for being a monthly donor became even more personal.
And as Elizabeth notes, “what’s great about being a monthly donor is that I can spread out my gift — and provide ARTZ with a guaranteed income stream. That’s so important for smaller organizations.”
Rea Tajiri is an award-winning filmaker and has been giving to ARTZ Philadelphia every year since 2014. In December 2018, Rea became a monthly donor. She says that she suddenly realized she'd be able to donate more to ARTZ Philadelphia if she gave a small amount every month.
This in turn took some of the burden off of her budget. Rea still supplements her monthly donations with one-time gifts when she can, but she knows that for the price of a few cups of coffee a month, she can contribute in a real way to a mission that honors the memory of her mother.
The mission of ARTZ Philadelphia is a very personal one for Rea.
When she first learned about ARTZ, she was beginning work on “Wisdom Gone Wild,” a documentary about how her relationship with her mother Rose was evolving and deepening in the wake of Rose’s vascular dementia diagnosis.
The film brings to life Rea’s and Rose’s shared experiences of art during Rose’s 15+ years with dementia. It reveals the lessons about human connection that Rose continued to teach her daughter through those experiences, even as her dementia progressed.
Still image of Rea and Rose Tajiri from "Wisdom Gone Wild," film by Rea Tajiri.