Susan Shifrin, M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’98, Uses the Arts to Help People with Alzheimer’s in Philadelphia

Posted August 6th, 2014 at 4:03 pm.

Susan Shifrin, M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’98, is featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article for her work as founder of ARTZ Philadelphia, an organization that, through arts and culture, serves people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The idea to start the organization came to Shifrin, a former associate education director at the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, when she observed a pattern while creating an exhibition for people with dementia. “They would arrive somewhat disoriented and anxious, but within 10 minutes of sitting in front of a painting, they were themselves,” Shifrin says in the article. “They were laughing, making observations. They were having real conversations.”

ARTZ Philadelphia is a branch of ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, a national organization based in Boston that creats arts programming for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and incorporates caregiver participation. ARTZ Philadelphia offers tours, arts activities, training, and research, including monthly tours at the Woodmere Art Museum. Other tours are being planned at the Barnes Foundations and the La Salle University Art Museum.

Filed under: 1990s,exhibitions Tags: , , by Diana Campeggio

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