For twelve years I have been developing art, culture and creative engagement programs to inspire imagination, renew connection, and offer avenues for life's fuller expression for adults, individuals living with physical and cognitive challenges & care partners.
My work is a labor of love. Drawing upon resources in the arts and culture, and my own experience of engaging
in creative processes with groups, I've experimented with hundreds of different visual art experiences in museums with paintings, photographs and sculptures. The work is fun, lively and moving. We explore artistic expression that is open-ended and failure free. I build multi-sensory experiences to stimulate body, mind and spirit and sculpt inclusive community experiences to unlock inspiration and spark joy in living.
ART & CULTURE CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
MUSEUM TOURS WITH INQUIRY-BASED CONVERSATIONS
INTERACTIVE FILM PROGRAMS
PHOTOVOICE PROJECTS WITH COMMUNITY EXHIBITION
VISUAL ART CONVERSATIONS
LITERARY ART STUDIOS
ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
ART SALONS (at memory care, nursing home, rehab or other program sites)
CREATIVE JOURNALING SESSIONS
ART & STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
POETRY TO PAINTINGS
LEGACY/ MEMOIR/ LIFE STORY BOOKS
At the museum, cinema, care setting or day program, we build creative voice and creative practice.
Believing an individual is always trying to communicate something, we look together for ways to construct meaning. I try to see what each person is trying to say and how that person can best communicate through verbal, nonverbal, visual and tactile pathways. Close listening, presence and empathy are at the heart of the work. I've seen so many people transformed through engagement and the experience is always unique and incredibly rewarding to be a part of.
With freedom to choose materials for hands-on art-making, forms and images emerge, innate sense of color, pattern and design awakens. This is a failure free experience. There is no right or wrong in art. Imagination is freed. Each of us is born creative, has our own story, and creative potential. Like a writer has her own stylistic fingerprint, so, too, an artist has her/his own stylistic hand print.
After leading expressive painting workshops at a local nursing home, and putting the paintings of participants
on the bland pink walls, one local artist saw the exhibit and named it "Live the Spirit!"
Sitting in front of Fitz Henry Lane paintings at Cape Ann Museum, exploring the labyrinth of their lives through Lane's seascapes and landscapes, individuals recovered and shared vivid moments of their life story.
Expressive painting workshops at the nursing home, groups sat in a sunlit room and chose colors, brushes and subject matter. Many discovered the creative instinct never tapped before. Others reconnected to a lost creative impulse, renewing a feeling of wholeness and wellness.
If you value dedication and commitment from someone with a genuine love of this work, someone who
believes in possibilities, I will work with my fullest intention to create inspiring and uplifting experiences
for your, your loved one, friend or program.
Reach out to me to tell me more about your needs. I look forward to hearing from you.
Peggy Cahill, M.Ed.
Workshops & Trainings
2.5 hour session- $250
60 min session- $60
2 sessions- $100
Community Education Workshops
Creative Engagement Workshops For Staff at Programs
Art & Culture Program Development
Proposal Writing For New Programs/Projects
Writing: Reports, Articles, Letters, Public Relations, Development
MY LONGER BIO
I hold a Master of Education degree from Lesley University with teacher certification from Shady Hill Teacher Training program in Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and English from Boston College.
Over the past ten years, I grew in knowledge and empathy while working with three women artists living with memory loss, as we together discovered new outlets for creative expression.
For three years, as Mass Program Coordinator at ARTZ (Artists for Alzheimer’s) I directed the
ARTZ Museum Network (8 museums), working with teams of museum educators and volunteers,
recruiting three new museums into the network, and mentoring high school and college interns.
While at ARTZ, I developed 4 new programs:
Meet Me at the Coolidge....and make memories, an interactive film program for individuals with
memory loss at Coolidge Theatre in Brookline, MA
It Takes A Village in Brookline, MA, a weekly art and culture network of programs in one geographic area.
Both programs today serve thousands of individuals living with memory loss and their care partners annually.
Meet Me Through My Art: An Intergenerational Exchange and exhibit at deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park.
I'm Still Here: Expressive Painting Exhibit with Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care programs.
As an independent educator, I designed and directed an in depth museum program, CAM Connections, at Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, which brought continuous, meaningful art and culture experiences to five care sites on the north shore of Cape Ann, Massachusetts.
Through visual art conversations, museum tours, art-making sessions, poetry, painting, creative writing, and art gallery exhibitions, the project served close to 1,000 individuals in the local community. Qualitative research showed significant improvements in overall sense of self, focus of attention, emotional health and well being for the adults who participated. CAM Connections continues to serve older adults on the north shore today.
Peggy believes that creative engagement and expression in the arts is a healing tool for every person to explore, express and empower