Arts & Minds

Shortly after coming in contact with Carolyn Halpin-Healy and her organization, Arts and Minds, a friend experiencing memory loss was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  I started to consider how I could use my experience and training as an art educator to help them.  Arts and Minds had just begun partnering with the New York Historical Society and Carolyn had invited us to attend the sessions at NYHS. I was deeply impacted by the valuable contribution Arts and Minds provides to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as to the lives of their caregivers. 

My first-hand experience has since spurred a growing interest around what it means to use art to engage with this population, and so my involvement with Arts and Minds has expanded.  After having this shared experience with my friend, I became a consultant and studio assistant at the Studio Museum Harlem for Art, continuing my work with them today as part of their teaching artist roster.

I have witnessed to be true what Carolyn states in her mission statement:

“Our programs empower people with dementia, family members, professional caregivers and educators to strengthen social, emotional and spiritual bonds by engaging with arts.”