Picturing New Connections

Gari Melchers Home & Studio partners with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter to offer a small, welcoming program for people with memory loss, their families or care partners. These interactive tours include guided discussion in the studio and gallery space, followed by a hands-on art experience.  An emphasis is placed on engaging participants through music, touch, and smell.  You can also engage with us at home using this lesson plan.

Each hour-long program features a new theme, paintings, and art project. Cost is $5 per person. Useful information about our site’s accessibility.

Picturing New Connections (PNC) began with its March 2019 pilot program.  The Education Department is currently offering PNC twice a year with hopes to expand. Here’s how it all started.

PNC In The News:  Melchers’ Program Helps with Alzheimer’s: Picturing New Connections, a new art program for people with early-stage memory loss

Participant Feedback:  “The friendliness and preparedness of the program made it relaxing and enjoyable.  There was no rush at any point.  It was a great experience.  We could not ask for more.”

For more information about Picturing New Connections, please contact Michelle Crow-Dolby, Education and Communications Manager, at mdolby@umw.edu.

Next Program Date:  This program is temporarily suspended during the pandemic.

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