Featured Artists & Arts Organizations
Dementia Spring supports artists and arts organizations that raise awareness about dementia and who inspire creativity in people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Featured Artists & Arts Organizations
Stephen DiRado and his father Gene collaborate on a deeply intimate photographic story of dementia, from diagnosis through Gene’s final days.
Not everyone gets to meet their hero, and fewer become their friend, but that’s what happened to journalist Michelle Memran when she looked up María Irene Fornés.
Painter Jason Yarmosky’s intimate, offbeat oil-on-canvas portraits of his grandparents challenge our notions of aging, heroism and Alzheimer’s disease.
Obscuring the border between reality and illusion, visual artist Amy Parrish expresses her grief through original work after the loss of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
Simultaneously tender and haunting, these hyper-realistic, mixed-media portraits emphasize the slow evolution of Lou’s confusion while celebrating the wisdom and grace she had shown all her life.
Caring is Art by Leilani Norman offers an outlet and validation for caregivers everywhere through art and resources.
Tango’s artistic intention is to be responsive, caring and unpresuming, which is perhaps why she relates so well to older adults, those with dementia and caregivers.
Mathews is one of many visual and performing artists who are telling a new story of dementia through various mediums, and the Dementia Spring Foundation is proud to support her journey.
For Nerreter, art has been her way to connect with others, especially those who can at times, be overlooked in our society.
The libretto from Shadow and Light: An Alzheimer’s Journey in 16 Movements – an epic choral-orchestral work on the subject of Alzheimer’s – is at times comical, inspiring, and heartbreaking.
Karla Wilson, a board certified Music Therapist, brings music therapy into the homes of clients all over. While she works with a range of clients, Karla has a passion for working with those living with dementia and at end of life.
An artist and dementia care professional, Lola Fraknoi uses art to portray her own journey as a dementia care partner as well as inspire individuals living with dementia.
For Carol Rosenstein, founder and executive director of Music Mends Minds, Inc., music is about more than playing, more than jamming, more than social interactions… It’s about brain chemistry.
Josh Dorman, painter and mixed media artist, had his first exposure to dementia in 2007 when he collaborated with the Memory Bridge Foundation to travel to a Chicago nursing home to create the six large “portraits” of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
The paintings of Utermohlen provide a unique window into the mind of a person living with Alzheimer’s disease, while dually providing an outlet for Utermohlen in the later stages of his life.
Tiffany Ramirez founded Artisan Mind in 2014 with the goal to bring art programs to individuals with memory loss who may be limited in their access to creative and culturally based programs.
Songwriting Works™ Works and the Songwriting Works™ Educational Foundation are truly unique and inspirational programs where people with dementia of all types work together in groups to compose original songs and then sing them together.
Donna Newman-Bluestein is a dance therapist and founder of Dance for Connection. She is an expert in facilitating a comfortable environment for expression, especially for those living with dementia.
Caring for someone living with dementia is a dance, a journey of ups and downs – with both the individual living with the diagnosis and their care partner playing a unique role. This emotional journey of a dance is what Tara Lee sought to portray in her ballet turned film, “The Poet”.
The message that Dupee wants readers to take away is that despite dementia being a heavy topic – when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable – we can find ourselves, hopefulness, and meaningful connections.
Dance4Healing is built around a technology-enabled music and dance platform that allows participants to dance and move together with other patients, caregivers, family members and dance buddies anytime, anywhere, all over the world.
Alex Winstanley is the co-founder of a non-profit organization Happy Smiles Training which focuses on providing disability and social inclusion training to businesses and organizations.
Erica is an art therapist based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary clientele is individuals living with dementia both in residential communities and within their homes.
Scotty Perry is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Louisville, KY. and the author of HERE, his photographic journey as a dementia caregiver for his Mamaw and Papaw in Louisville, Ky. in 2018.
Get Featured on Dementia Spring
Can I apply to become a featured artist or arts organization?
Dementia Spring highlights the work of artists and arts organizations across the creative spectrum who are doing important work in the dementia field. We work with visual arts (painting, coloring, sculpting, film), music (listening to, singing, and playing music) drama/movement (acting, storytelling, dance, choreography, and expressive movement) or songwriting.
If you’re unsure, just drop us a note using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
What kind of promotion can I expect?
When a Featured Artist article is released, it is posted to our website, highlighted on our home page and blasted through our e-newsletter. We promote every Featured Artist on our social media channels — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube — and make sure to tag your preferred account so you are able to reshare the posts to your community!
Who will I be working with if I apply to become featured?
Dementia Spring has a team of dedicated professionals with expertise in writing, videography, and social media. We will work closely together as a team to tell your story accurately, efficiently, and artistically.
How can I give my support?
Dementia Spring provides support for artists and arts organizations that raise awareness about dementia and who inspire creativity in people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Visit our Donate page to learn more about this effort and to support us.
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