Education & Outreach

Dementia-Inclusive Series

ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series is a regionally-unique arts engagement program designed with accessibility for people with memory loss as a priority. Launched in 2015, the series developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region. Our mission is to create opportunities for people with memory loss and their care partners to connect and experience joy through the arts!


Storytelling Across Generations: A Virtual and Phone-Based Oral History Project

Apr. 19 - Jun. 2, 2021

Orientation: Monday, Apr. 19 | 10-11 am

Intergenerational Sessions: Mondays, Apr. 26 - May. 17 | 11 am - 12 pm

Final celebration: Wednesday, Jun. 2 | 11 am - 12 pm

Admission: FREE with Registration

Capacity: 10 couples (each including one person living with memory loss)

Individuals living with memory loss and caregivers are invited to participate in this FREE intergenerational program, in partnership with the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) and SilverKite Community Arts! Taking place over six one-hour sessions on the phone and/or Zoom, UWB students will interview elders in an oral history project. These interviews — based on your stories, memories, and personal experiences — will inspire end-of-term performances by students, to be shared virtually during a final celebration of all participants.


Caregiving and the Arts (VIRTUAL)

Mondays, Oct. 19 - Nov. 16, 2020 | 10:30-11:30 am


Caregiving is a difficult job. Led by Silver Kite Community Arts, this virtual workshop series is designed to support family and professional caregivers — exploring both how to use the arts as a tool for respite from caregiving, and how to incorporate arts engagement into caregiving practice. This series will consist of weekly, hour-long workshops on Zoom across five weeks. The workshops will be divided between group activities for all attendees and sessions focused on the caregiver, during which Silver Kite teaching artists will lead participants in tailored arts activities. With the goal to remove barriers to caregiver participation, this training opportunity also invites those who are being cared for to attend the first, third, and fifth workshop, with a special focus on engaging those with memory loss. This series is free-of-charge.


Window to the Arts Project

JUNE-AUG 2021


ECA's Window to the Arts Project engages local musicians and performing artists to provide a series of free live performances at local and regional senior care communities. In contrast to ECA’s traditional outreach for older adults, these performances will take place outside. We will share the beauty of live performance outside elders’ windows, in facility courtyards, parking lots, and gardens – anywhere that residents can engage at a safe distance. For those residents unable to access the performance, and anyone from the larger viewing public, programs will be recorded and shared via ECA's YouTube Channel.


For more information, please contact Education & Outreach Coordinator Katie Newbaum at katie@ec4arts.org.


Special thanks to ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series funders: Susan Elizabeth Foundation, Maude’s Awards for Innovation in Alzheimer’s Care, Hazel Miller Foundation, Community Foundation of Snohomish County, Anne & Mary Arts & Environmental Education Fund, ArtsWA, Nancy Bittner, and Sarah Boyd.

Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Outreach - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Outreach - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Outreach - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Outreach - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Outreach - Edmonds Center for the Arts