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Education and Community Engagement

Dementia-Inclusive Series

Edmonds Center for the Arts’ award-winning Dementia-Inclusive Series is a line-up of free, creative, social enrichment programs for people experiencing memory loss, their care partners, families, and friends.

Launched in 2015, the series has been developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, eldercare and memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region.

ECA is committed to providing a space where community members experiencing memory loss feel welcome and valued; where their creative contributions are celebrated; and where joyful quality time can be spent with families and care partners.

ECA is partnering with SilverKite Community Arts and the University of Washington to perform an evaluation of the Spring 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Series. Each workshop in the six-week series will be facilitated by a different community partner organization, and each will be evaluated for its effectiveness, both to improve future programming at ECA and to further research in the arts-in-health field. Because of this evaluation process, interested students are asked to register for all six workshops series in advance of their participation. Students needing to miss a workshop are asked to notify ECA program leads in advance.

Please reach out to with any questions about the workshops.

2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule | Free Admission

2023 Workshops are currently at capacity. Please email to be added to the waitlist. Thank you!

April 15 - 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule

Rock of Ages Sing Along and Music Bingo | With Life on Music | Saturday, April 15 at 11AM

Life On Music is a music therapy organization that utilizes singing, movement, listening, and instrument playing. Music therapists are specially trained to work with older adults, including people with Alzheimer's and dementia, in group and one-on-one settings to work on: Functional mobility, Memory recall, Executive functioning, Reminiscence, Speech intelligibility, Mood.

April 22 - 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule

Re-Ignite the Mind with Improv! | With Taproot Theatre | Saturday, April 22 at 11AM

Taproot Theatre’s “Re-Ignite the Mind” classes are designed for students with Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML). Class sessions are taught by professional theater artists and are designed to fit the needs of your class participants. Students find immediate success and improved quality of life as they learn new things, interact socially, and live creatively in the moment.

April 29 - 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule

Storytelling Through Hula | With SilverKite Community Arts | Saturday, April 29 at 11AM

Hula is visual dance form of storytelling from Polynesia, which was developed in Hawai’i and has more recently become a popular form of exercise. Together we will walk through some basic hula steps and use our bodies to develop a hula “vocabulary”. At the end of class, you will have a story to tell, using these beautiful movements!

May 6 - 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule

Birds of the Pacific Northwest | With EdCatalyst | Saturday, May 6 at 11AM

Explore the Birds of the Pacific Northwest with EdCatalyst. More information to come soon.

May 13 - 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule

Cascadia Art Museum Walk* | Saturday, May 13 at 9:30AM

Explore the art at Cascadia Art Museum on this Art Walk. *Please meet at the museum: 190 Sunset Ave, Edmonds, WA

May 20 - 2023 Dementia-Inclusive Workshop Schedule

Meet Me at the Movies | With Frye Art Museum & Aging Wisdom | Saturday, May 20 at 11AM

The film program theme is a Cinematic Exploration of the Stages of Life. Entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting, Meet Me at the Movies is an interactive film program that celebrates the wonder of film and its ability to connect us with memories. Theme-based film clips are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion.
Location TBA.


Plan Your Visit

All workshops, except for the Art Walk on May 13, will be held in ECA’s accessible Gymnasium space. Entry to the Gymnasium is on the east side of the the building on 6th Avenue. Click here for a map.

For more information about ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series, please contact Diana Ortega-Chance, Director of Education and Community Engagement,

Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Community Engagement - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Community Engagement - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Community Engagement - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Community Engagement - Edmonds Center for the Arts
Dementia-Inclusive Series - Education & Community Engagement - Edmonds Center for the Arts