Arts and Dementia
A monthly social program at Minnetonka Community Center creates a community for people who have dementia, and their caregivers. The program is a partnership between Hennepin County librarians, artists from the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and senior services specialists from the City of Minnetonka.
The program, which launched in December 2017, is part of the City of Minnetonka’s work to earn designation through the national Dementia Friendly Communities campaign. Other Hennepin County libraries have hosted events for people with dementia and their families; this one is unique because of its structure, and the depth and breadth of the partnership that makes it possible.
Presented in partnership with the Minnetonka Center for the Arts through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Artist Spotlight: Community Outreach Artist-Instructor Michèle Coppin
Minnetonka Center for the Arts Offers Special Programming for People Living with Dementia (Lake Minnetonka Magazine)
Minnesota: A dementia friendly state of mind (KARE11 5:01)
MCFTA and City of Minnetonka Dementia Friendly City Initiative Partnership Programs are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Access grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Sharing Creative Moments: Arts and Dementia (Ridgedale Library) (register online)
Dementia and You with the City of Minnetonka (Ridgedale Library) (learn more online)
Dementia Friends Training (Hennepin County Library) (register online)
Memory Cafe (City of Minnetonka) (register online)
More about the arts and aging
Participating in the arts creates paths to healthy aging (National Institute on Aging)