How can the arts influence your caregiving experience? Listen as a world renowned architect details how caring for his mother inspired him to return to his first love of painting portraits which capture the dimensions of time and memory. You will also hear how CaringKind’s connect2culture® program partners with NYC’s cultural institutions in helping caregivers and the person in their care, build stronger connections to one another while simultaneously experiencing the joy of art.
The Times Center
242 West 41st Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues),
New York City
Jed A. Levine, moderator, CaringKind’s Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Services.
Mark Dziewulski, a full-time caregiver to his mother, is an accomplished artist and architect exploring issues of memory, movement, and recognition. After his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Mark’s fascination with movement and time led him on a quest to capture his mother’s life-force, ever-changing emotions, and memories. This fascination with movement and time has driven and informed all Dziewulski’s work and has greatly influenced his caregiving.
Laura Sloan is the Manager of Docent and Access Programs at the Rubin Museum of Art and oversees the Mindful Connections program for visitors with memory loss and their care partners. Since its launch in 2011, and with training by CaringKind, Mindful Connections has served over 1,600 visitors and their families and the program’s pedagogical approaches have attracted professionals from other museums and medical professionals who are developing similar programs.
Meredith Wong is a museum educator who has worked in art museums and education for over 15 years. She now manages the cultural initiative, connect2culture®, at CaringKind. In this role, she trains educators in New York City’s cultural institutions to create and implement programs for people with dementia and their caregivers, and trains staff from botanic gardens and art museums to performing arts organizations.
The Loraine Halis Lecture on the Art and Science of Caregiving is designed to recognize caregiving as an important social, political, policy, and spiritual issue that merits thoughtful discussion and discourse.