Celebrating Creativity in Eldercare

Dementia Arts Festival

TITLE OF EVENT: Memory Arts Cafe

DATE: September 20th      Download Invitation

TIME: 6 to 8pm

LOCATION: Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street, Washington, DC 20016

Free performance for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and the general public. New Mexico poet Stuart Hall reads work documenting his experience in living with dementia. Maria Genné, Kairos Dance and Judith-Kate Friedman, Songwriting Works and Gary Glazner, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project will lead the audience in the creation of a new performance.

The event includes light refreshments and the opportunity to chat with the guest artists.

We are excited to show an excerpt from Anne Bastings’ film “Penelope Project,” which documents the performance of using the Penelope story from Homer's Odyssey to engage an entire long-term care community in the creative process and Songwriting Works’ new music video, “WWII Homecoming Song.”

Confetti by Stuart Hall

My mind's not at all a blank slate,
Though I cannot keep track of the date
            Or the day of the week,
            And facts play hide-and-seek,
For my mind to be blank would be great.

Instead it is wired like spaghetti;
It conflates the important and petty;
            The connections of things
            Are like tangles of strings
Or like celebratory confetti.


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