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Throughout the seven weeks of the exhibition, we will present a series of programs developed in concert with our Community Partners—catalysts for knowledge, empathy, creativity and involvement. Exploring how we can build a dementia friendly community—more inclusive, more engaging, more supportive and more hopeful for everyone whose lives are touched by dementia and inspiring us all to become better stewards of an aging population.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Creativity & the Brain: A Guided Tour                  Free

What does The Artist Within exhibit teach us about the brain’s enormous capacity for creativity? Join neurologists Marcus Raichle and Tom Grabowski, and artist Anna Hostvedt, for a guided tour and discussion.

Wednesday, 1/13, 12 – 1 p.m.

City Hall Lobby Gallery, 600 4th Ave, Second Floor


Life, Love & Memory Loss: A Poet’s Perspective                           Free

Join three northwest poets as they read from poetry collections inspired by their experience of living with memory loss, or loving someone with memory loss.

Lon Cole, living with memory loss: “You Are Not Alone: Poems of Hope and Faith,” “alive and thankful: Life is a Gift.”

Esther Helfgott, former care partner: “Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems,” “Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s”

Lori Kane, current care partner: “The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering.”

Wednesday, 1/20, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

City Hall Lobby Gallery, 600 4th Ave, Second Floor


Group Songwriting Workshop                  Free

Enjoy the magic of group songwriting. In this two-hour workshop, Songwriting Works facilitator Judith-Kate Friedman will guide participants in creating an original song that incorporates everyone’s creativity and ideas. No musical experience necessary.

Friday, 2/5, 12 – 2 p.m.

City Hall Lobby Gallery & Room L280, 600 4th Ave, Second Floor


Art, Creativity & Dementia: A Panel Discussion                Free

In what ways can living with dementia unleash our creative spark? How can the creative arts improve our well-being? What are local opportunities for persons living with dementia to get involved in creative expression? Explore these topics and more with the following panelists:

Marigrace Becker, Program Manager of Community Education & Impact, UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center

Lee Burnside, Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Harborview Medical Center

Cara Lauer, Director, Elderwise

Alice & Paul Padilla, Momentia Ambassadors

Moderator: Wendy Lustbader, MSW, author of “Life Gets Better – the Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older”

Wednesday, 2/17, 6 – 7 p.m.

City Hall Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave, First Floor


Improv Theater Workshop         Free

Re-ignite the mind with improvisation and play! Join Taproot Theatre for an interactive demonstration of how improv theater can tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss.

Wednesday, 2/24, 12 – 12:45 p.m.

City Hall Lobby Gallery & Room L28, 600 4th Ave, Second Floor