New Orlando Museum of Art Program Opens Doors to Alzheimer’s Patients and Caretakers

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) has learned its request for funds to create the Art’s the Spark at OMA program was ranked highest in the state by reviewers from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and OMA will receive $10,892.50 in grant dollars.

Winter Park Health Foundation, through its Older Adults Work Group, had pledged $10,892.50 in matching funds toward the program, contingent on the state award. The grant funding will now proceed and the program is expected to start in December 2009.    

The program, which is new to Florida and exists in only one other state, will provide an opportunity for small groups of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers to privately tour OMA together, and to separately participate in caregiver support/respite groups and enjoy creative art activities.

Art’s the Spark at OMA builds on the original Art’s the Spark program, supported by the Foundation with a $35,000 grant ten years ago.  The original award-winning program, designed for older adults living in congregate settings, uses visual arts as a way to connect to reminiscences, lifetime experiences and social issues, and to stimulate personal memories as part of lifelong learning.