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Non-Profit Highlight: Arts & Minds

Group of seniors clapping and dancing in their seats. COHME is a nonprofit home health care agency in New York City that enabling older adults to age at home comfortably with at-home care in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

Arts & Minds is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals grappling with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia through profound engagement with art. The recognition that art possesses a unique ability to transcend language and touch the deepest recesses of the human soul forms the foundation of Arts & Minds' mission.

At its essence, Arts & Minds is a mission-driven organization committed to enhancing the lives of those facing cognitive challenges. Through partnerships with museums and various institutions, such as care facilities, and community organizations, the organization creates meaningful art-centered activities that foster positive emotional and cognitive experiences, enhance communication, reduce isolation, and build community bonds.

Man in wheelchair painting on easel.

These programs serve as gateways to self-expression, connection, and cognitive exploration:

Dialogue and Art-Making: Participants immerse themselves in a profound dialogue with the visual language, interpreting artworks and expressing themselves through their creations.

Conversation: Focused on 3-4 artworks, this program invites dynamic discussions, weaving themes through museum collections and fostering communal exploration of artistic narratives.

Art and the Senses: In a sensory-rich experience, participants engage their sight, smell, hearing, touch, and even taste, discovering new avenues of understanding and meaning through art.

Art and Movement: Movement becomes a vessel for deeper understanding as participants explore its connection to both art and collective experiences, encouraging a kinesthetic engagement with artistic narratives.

Self-care for Caregivers: Acknowledging caregivers' vital role, this program offers a space for self-care through conversation, support, and art.

Studio Visit: A virtual tour behind the scenes with a guest artist allows participants to witness the creative process and gain insights into the artist's studio, fostering a deeper connection with artistry.

Rhythm & Reason: In collaboration with Jazz Artist Helen Sung and a Visiting Scientist, this dynamic program explores the interplay between music, the brain, and the body, transcending artistic boundaries in a rhythmic journey.

Through Arts & Minds' programs, art evolves into a tapestry woven with threads of connection, understanding, and self-discovery. Through these transformative engagements, individuals facing memory loss, their caregivers, and the broader community discover solace, joy, and a renewed sense of community.


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