Opening Minds Through Art

SIU School of Medicine and the Springfield Art Association are teaming up to bring you an incredibly special art reception this Friday evening at the SAA Collective Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants. The goal is to help create a society that values older adults with dementia. This program achieves this by building genuine friendships between people with dementia and volunteers as they engage in art-making.

Volunteers have been working with dementia patients once a week at the Springfield Art Association since the beginning of April. Before artists are matched up with patients, they are prepped with background information such as the participants interests, family members names, favorite colors, and of course health background. The patient works with the same artist every week to bring comfort and familiarity. Together they learn and create artwork, while developing a friendship.

Each participants creations will be on display at the SAA Collective Gallery June 8th & 9th.  Be sure to stop by and show support for these amazing people!

JOIN US (FREE TO ATTEND) ON
JUNE 8, 2018, 5:30 – 7PM
AT SAA Collective
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Featured Artists Names:

Gail Record

Jean Kienzler

Ginny (Virginia) Reiser

Jean Staab

Tricia Balli

Don Elam

Nadine Hughes

Joe(Bobo) Beneky

Carita Gehlhausen

Mike Akins

Shirley Kane

Marybeth Zietz

OMA is supported by an Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative-Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging, as well as a grant made by the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln King’s Daughters Organization Blackstock Fund to the SIU School of Medicine, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders www.siumed.edu/alz.

Volunteer Training for Executive Mansion Docents

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Executive Mansion Association will host a series of volunteer information sessions for persons interested in welcoming guests and providing interpretive information at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield.

The Illinois Executive Mansion is undergoing a complete restoration, funded entirely through private donations, and will open during the summer of 2018. Constructed between 1853 and 1855, it is the third oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansion in the United States and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Throughout its rich history, the Illinois Executive Mansion has counted among its visitors several U.S. presidents, ambassadors and most importantly, generations of Illinois families.

Working with a committee comprised of museum professionals, historians, interpreters, educators and creative consultants, a new multi-layered visitors experience is being developed to make the Mansion more accessible to guests from students and families to scholars alike. Volunteers will play an important role in sharing the educational experience of the Illinois Executive Mansion with Illinois residents and guests.

The enhanced visitors experience is intended to instill a sense of leadership, perseverance and civic pride. Rooms have been set aside that explore the Columbian Exposition, Governors during the Civil War, and children of the era. Stories that educate and inspire will bring the history of the Illinois Executive Mansion to life.

Upcoming information sessions will be held at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Complimentary parking will be available in the underground garage.

Regular training sessions for volunteers will also begin in February. Individuals are being recruited to serve as volunteer greeters and docents. Greeters will help welcome guests, provide tourism information, and support the goal of hospitality at the Executive Mansion. Docents will assist historic site interpreters with guided tours and with the operation of the new visitor center.

Registration is required for the information sessions. Individuals can register by calling 217-558-8899 or e-mailing Margo Carlen.

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