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ARTZ Philadelphia is deeply rooted in our relationships with the diverse artists, neighborhoods, arts organizations, businesses, community organizations, cultural venues, and residential care communities that make up the Greater Philadelphia region.

We exist through the strength and of our community partnerships. And we’re always eager to collaborate with new partners creativity!

I am an artist interested in working with ARTZ Philadelphia. What do I need to know?


Through volunteer gigs, short and longer-term residencies, and program design and facilitation, artists infuse our programs and program participants with creativity and the joy of unfettered self-expression. The best way to let us know of your interest is to email our director at shifrin@artzphilly.org. Please tell us about your relevant experience and whether you are interested in a paid or volunteer position with us. Attach a current resume along with the names and contact information for three professional references. (Please be aware that we are a very lean organization, so the availability of paid residencies is dependent upon current funding levels. Unfortunately, we do not always have the resources necessary to support paid residencies.)




I am the director of activities for an assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care unit. Could you tell me what is involved in bringing your ARTZ on the Road or ARTZ in the Making programs to our community?


We partner with upwards of six to eight care communities at any given time and are particularly interested in establishing ongoing partnerships so that we get to know staff and residents and understand their evolving needs over time. The best way to let us know of your interest is to email our community engagement and administrative coordinator at granados@artzphilly.org. She will walk you through the initial process of determining which of our programs would best suit your needs, the parameters for those programs (for instance, we only work with small groups of 6-8 program participants at a time because our research and practice has demonstrated that small groups most effectively enable people with dementia to feel comfortable, attended to, and engaged on a personal level), and general information about our fees and next steps.




I work in resident services at a long term care community. We would like to run a skill-building workshop or a series of workshops to enhance the sensitivity and effectiveness of our staff working with residents with dementia. Do you ever offer workshops?


Yes we do. We will tailor the content and length of workshops to your particular interests and needs. Please contact our director at shifrin@artzphilly.org to learn more about what we offer and our fees.




Our museum would like to start a program serving visitors with dementia. We don’t have sufficient staff to do this ourselves. What is involved in bringing ARTZ @ The Museum to our venue?


We partner with upwards of six to eight regional museums at any given time and are particularly interested in establishing ongoing partnerships so that once visitors with dementia and their families or friends begin to associate a particular museum with resources geared especially for them, they can feel confident that those resources will remain in place and they will continue to feel welcomed. The best way to let us know of your interest is to email our director at shifrin@artzphilly.org. She will walk you through the initial process of assessing your needs and existing accessibility resources, and provide general information about our fees and next steps, which will include a site visit by one of our program facilitators.




I am the community relations liaison for a local business. We are interested in group volunteer opportunities with your organization. Do you offer such options?


Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and while we generally work with two or three volunteers at a time at each program, we have worked with larger groups of volunteers, including groups of college students from local universities, staff from local real estate and legal firms, and volunteers from NPO’s such as the National Health Corps. The best way to let us know of your interest is to email our community engagement and administrative coordinator at granados@artzphilly.org. We do have certain requirements when working with large groups and she will explain those to you as well as assessing which of our programs might be the best fit for your group’s interests and scheduling.




My colleagues and I would like to partner with your organization to help raise funds to support programs that enhance quality of life for Greater Philadelphia community members living with dementia and their caregivers. Where do we start?


We always appreciate the opportunity to partner with community groups who share our belief in the importance of enhancing quality of life for people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Please contact our director at shifrin@artzphilly.org to start a conversation about how we might best work together in common cause.





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