Arts & Minds
Program: Arts in Health
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: General Support
Founded by a clinical neurologist and a museum educator, Arts & Minds uses a multidisciplinary approach to address quality of life for people living with dementia through engagement with art.
Purpose: To support museum-based programs for people with dementia and their caregivers.
Arts & Minds partners with 10 museums and cultural institutions to provide 150 programs annually in New York City in English and Spanish. Some of the cultural partners include Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of the City of New York. The organization also provides training in program development and implementation at the Bard Graduate Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper Hewitt and the United States Botanic Garden, and at other museums internationally.
Arts & Minds has prioritized providing more accessibility to programs for Spanish-speaking communities in NYC. Since the Illumination Fund began its support, the organization has launched Arts & Minds en Español at the Met and have seen a small increase in attendance at El Museo del Barrio. They also launched a new video, in English and Spanish, aiding the enrollment of new participants and their caregivers.