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.
The first session will be held on Friday, April 8 from 2:00p.m. – 4:00pm with welcome and touring of Art in Bloom.
Thursday, September 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Theme: Light & Land with art activity
Thursday, October 13, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Theme: Form & Function with refreshments
Thursday, November 10, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Theme: Plastic Imagination
Thursday, December 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Theme: To Be Announced
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.
Fitchburg Art Museum: The Fitchburg Art Museum is a catalyst for learning, creativity, and community building. We accomplish this mission with art historical collections and exhibitions, special exhibitions of contemporary New England art, education programs, public art projects, community partnerships, and creative economy initiatives.
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.