Bringing Art to Life in Your Community

Bringing Art to Life in Your Community

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Contrary to some beliefs, everyone is indeed an artist. Learn how to foster a love of all types of art in your senior care community, and how to create a showcase that will quickly become a favorite annual event.

Contrary to some beliefs, everyone is indeed an artist. Learn how to foster a love of all types of art in your senior care community, and how to create a showcase that will quickly become a favorite annual event.

In this article we cover:

  • 9 Ways to Introduce Residents to Art
  • How to Encourage Participation
  • Bring In Professionals: How to Find Them
  • Tips for Hosting Your Own Art Show

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Carol 1st Jun 2019
I love art. I volunteer in a day facility and for the last year I have been using different types of art to encourage participants. I always stress there is no wrong way to do art. About 6 months ago we had an informal art show. A couple were 'from scratch' but most were from coloring book or individual prints. Some were prints from your website. All work was matted and displayed. We have 2 different area and so we displayed half in each area for a week and then switched. Everyone was delighted.
Last week we had a Car Show. I have 2 coloring books of vintage cars and trucks and participants chose from these pictures and put their names on the back. I then mounted them on trifold display boards and put a letter on each picture and we had Viewers Choice awards. I use Hot Wheel cars mounted on napkin rings for trophies. Very well received.
Jill 28th May 2019 Activities Coordinator
We made contact with a local wool and textile shop. They have ex-demonstration pictures that they donated for a small amount. I purchased glass beads to embellish the black work of flowers.
I noticed how fascinated the residents were with the textile pictures and how confidently they worked within a set pattern.
I plan to produce some simple tapestry designs that they will be able to work with, adding detail.
Haley 27th May 2019 Recreation Therapist And Writer
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