Arts Inspiration Resources Education
Arts Inspiration Resources Education
meaningful creative explorations in art, culture & well being
For adults, individuals living with memory changes,
care partners & the communities in which they live
Peggy Cahill. M.Ed
Community Educator, Teaching Artist, Writer
Community Education Workshops & Toolkits
Art and Culture Program Development Training
Age and Dementia Friendly Community Building Workshops
Individual, Family & Community Consultations
AIRE works to transform the lives of individuals with memory loss and their care partners through meaningful participation in art, culture and moments of personal connection. Opening doors to creative explorations that spark story, expression, discovery. Renewing a zest for living and well being...
Would you like to learn more about meaningful individualized engagement, creative practices that spark joy,
imagination and story? Bring a workshop or training to your program, your family or your community?
Get in touch... let's work together..... See programs I've created at this link:
""I learned what things the program can do that I never imagined were possible."
“I so enjoyed the event yesterday. It was encouraging to see so many people excited to do something to encourage creativity among people with dementia. Thank you especially to Peggy for your inspirational presentation." Denise Walter, SeniorCare Manager
"You helped pull things out from here- my heart- that I didn't know were in there." Don, senior participant in art workshop
Peggy has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, a commitment to excellence and an inspired vision in leading the Wenham Connects age and dementia friendly initiative, It is through Peggy's advocacy, creative ideas and ability to work well with others that Wenham Connects is moving forward with strength and vigor" Peter Lombardi, Town Administrator, Wenham
Meaningful heart-centered engagement
Uncovers what is real, personal and alive inside. Inviting participation unlocks individual voice...
Making art, culture, beauty and creative expression available to older adults and individuals with memory changes, transforms daily life. Avis, living in a memory care program, joined a museum tour of Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. After the tour, Avis shared this,
"I guess I need to postpone dying. There's so much more I need to see."
The invitation to participate is unifying. Discovering together the poetics in the everyday......
Here is a testimonial from Tess, after an art conversation at a memory loss day program:
"We get to coalesce...share what you have, what we were, what we are..""
WORDS by senior participants during our creative exchanges:
"live, art, joy, souls, warmth, depth, beautiful places, pure, conversations, natural, sacred, heart, remember, essence of living"
Robert MacFarlane, author of Landmarks, says when we connect to local language, customs or ancient tradition of coming together: "we give new life to the place-languages within..words released...letting their energies and their poetries run wild."
Engagement awakens languages of sensation:
Isabel, living in a nursing home, shared this poetic meditation as she looked closely at Erma Wheeler's painting Quarried Waters "I am part of the granite...I breathe with the water."
Frances, age 95, children's book author/illustrator, after a museum visit:
"I get a good feeling when I enter the door of the museum. Maybe sacred is as close
you can get. It helps you to access depth."
Renee, during an art conversation in front of Fitz Henry Lane paintings
at Cape Ann Museum, summed it up with these moving words:
"Art is for everybody. Art belongs to the whole world."
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