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!
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.
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.
ECA Presents: Window to the Arts
With the ongoing crisis of COVID-19, and health risks to which older adults are particularly vulnerable, assisted living and memory care communities across the region have restricted outside visitors, limited personnel, and cancelled social gatherings. Starting in June 2020, ECA engaged local musicians 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 took place outside. We shared the beauty of live performance outside elders’ windows, in facility courtyards, parking lots and gardens – anywhere that residents could engage at a safe distance.
*Due to restrictions on outdoor performances in Washington State, the Window to the Arts program is on hold until further notice. It is our hope to resume these free performance opportunities as soon as we’re able to safely!
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.