New program at the DIA to benefit people with Alzheimer's

The Minds on Art program brings Alzheimer's patients together to show their creativity

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DETROIT - The Detroit Institute of Arts is offering a brand new program to benefit people with memory loss.

People suffering from dementia, along with their caregivers, benefit from being creative, productive, and being in a community with others who understand them.

This is why the DIA has partnered with the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Michigan Chapter to create the Minds on Art (MoA) program.

The MoA program invites individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias to participate in gallery discussions about art and in the creation of their own artwork, led by experienced DIA staff and volunteers.

Individuals and their caregivers/companions will meet once a week for six consecutive weeks. Individuals will be categorized into two different groups, Early Stage (Van Gogh group) and Mid-Stage (Picasso group).

The Van Gogh group will meet on Monday's at 1pm, and the Picasso group will meet Tuesday's at 1pm. Various sessions are available starting now thru December.

For more information or to sign up for the Minds on Art Program, contact Jean Barnas at 1-800-272-3900, or e-mail

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