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Arts Camp for Brain Health

Thursday, June 14, 9:30AM-1:00PM
$10/person ***one registration of $20 covers two people***
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations join together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuromotor function, and those who care for them.

9:30AM - Breakfast
10:00AM - Welcome Gathering
10:30-11:30AM - Workshop Sessions
11:45-12:45PM - Workshop Sessions
1:00PM - End

Memory Singers with Mary Grimes-Kelly of the Old Town School
This workshop offers everyone a fun and authentic musical experience by tapping into the brain’s remarkable ability to creatively engage in the moment through music. Current research finds that many people with memory loss learn to move better, remember more, and even regain speech through listening to and playing music. Old Town School’s Memory Singers draws upon the rich traditions of American and world music forms known and cherished for generations. Members sing a variety of songs, learn vocal technique and ensemble skills, and share musical memories together. The experience also helps reduce the stress and anxiety of caregiving by allowing both the caregiver and person they care for to take a needed respite from their roles. No vocal experience is required, just a love of singing.

Rhythmicity with Rick Neuhaus of the Old Town School
Spark the naturally inter-connective therapeutic benefits of group rhythm activities that are especially beneficial to people with diminished neuromotor function. Recent studies have consistently shown measurable benefits to participants including an enhanced sense of camaraderie, community, personal purpose and value, significant stress relief and higher energy levels. The interactive participation and spontaneous expression invigorates those areas of functionality and movement that can be easily overlooked. We’ll explore our natural rhythms through a combination of structured and spontaneous interaction. You’ll be guided in easy-going rhythm training on all manner of traditional percussion instruments including pots, pans and trash can lids. Participants can look forward to a host of surprising developments based on the fun benefits. No previous musical experience is required.

The Memory Ensemble™ with Lookingglass Theater
The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is working with the Lookingglass Theatre Company (LTC) to create a program that offers individuals with memory loss a unique and enriching experience through the exploration of improvisational theatre. Improvisational theater is a form of acting in which actors use techniques to perform spontaneously. No acting experience is required! Focusing on the Lookingglass Theatre Company’s core values of invention, transformation, and collaboration, members of The Memory Ensemble will learn to use their instincts, creativity and spontaneity as they work together to explore and create improvisational theater. Workshops are led by Lookingglass Ensemble members and CNADC staff.

Art in the Moment: Everyday Extraordinary with the Art Institute of Chicago
Can objects from everyday life transform into extraordinary works of art? Participants enjoy a lively interactive conversation about modern and contemporary art by notable artists in the Art Institute of Chicago and then get hands-on with an art-making activity inspired by these works of art and our conversation. Participants will foster creative expression and intellectual stimulation through discussions about art and artists, Participate in meaningful exchanges in a supportive and affirming environment, and make connections in a dynamic group setting using personal experiences.

Movement as Medicine with Chicago Dance Therapy
Movement is more than exercise. It is expression, communication, and connection. Join in this exploration of gentle movement and dance to enhance memory, social engagement, and communication with your loved one.

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