Arts & Minds Celebrates First Exhibition Opening

at Lumen Gallery, NYC

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  • Arts & Minds artwork at Lumen Gallery. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Arts & Minds program participant photographed in front of artwork, a collage piece inspired by Bearden Project artist, Dominique Moody. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • [L-R]: Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth & Family Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Landon and Celia Wickham, program participants; Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Executive Director of Arts & Minds. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

April 23, 2012 marked Arts & Mindsfirst-ever exhibition opening at Lumen Gallery in New York City, celebrating the artwork created by the program’s participants at The Studio Museum in Harlem over the course of the year.

In the Fall of 2011, program participants dove deep into collage, inspired by the Studio Museum's Fall exhibition, The Bearden Project. Watercolors, newspaper, and even natural materials such as eucalyptus and twigs were used to interpret the participant’s own creative responses to various works from The Bearden Project. The evolution of the participants' technique and ability was clearly visible that night, and the framed artworks were proof of how powerful art can be as a therapeutic tool. Meanwhile, the artists behind the artwork glowed with pride.

“It’s so amazing to see how we have all evolved,” one participant commented, “to see your work up like this is like a dream come true.”

Arts & Minds is a non-profit organization committed to improving quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Providing meaningful art-centered activities to museums, community centers and nursing homes, Arts & Minds strives to create positive cognitive experiences, enhance communication and reduce isolation by engaging with art.

For more information, please visit www.artsandminds.org.

Upcoming workshop: Tuesday, May 1