All photos taken by Fitchburg State University Student, Emily Zollo
We are pleased to introduce Hidden Treasures, a specialized art appreciation program for individuals with early to middle stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their caregivers. Developed by the Fitchburg Art Museum in collaboration with Life Care Centers of America, The Highlands, Hidden Treasures is an adapted art education program designed to promote failure-free learning and interaction through discussions of selected works of art. Specially trained museum education staff and docents will use Alzheimer’s–friendly communication techniques to encourage participants to express feeling and thoughts. Each 45-minute session will have a general theme, and some sessions will include hands-on art-making or music. The program’s goal is for caregivers and their patients to leave the sessions with feelings of being valued and understood.
Hidden Treasures is free, but participants must pre-register with the Fitchburg Art Museum by calling 978-345-4207. Programs are limited to 16 participants and require a caregiver with each adult with Alzheimer’s.
Hidden Treasures sessions:
Thursday, Sep. 13 - Evoking Eleanor with Art Activity
Thursday, Oct. 11 - Interior Effects: Furniture in Contemporary Art & Refreshments
Thursday, Nov. 8 - Interior Effects / Musician in gallery
Thursday, Dec. 13 - The Collected Image: Photography Portfolios & Refreshments
Thursday, Jan. 10 - Self-Guided Visit
The Highlands, A Life Care Centers of America Community: The Highlands, located at 335 Nichols Road in Fitchburg, is one of 15 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Massachusetts operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.
The purpose of Hidden Treasures is to offer Adults with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers a meaningful, purposeful and pleasurable experience in a museum setting. The program is designed to raise awareness and advocate for the benefits of making the arts accessible to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. We hope you join us in this endeavor.