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The fact that the conference was held at the Nasher Museum was particularly powerful. … The Nasher clearly has created a set of programs that are of such substance and such importance to the community. So it seems like really quite a perfect place for a conference like this. The reason I was so excited to be invited was the opportunity to speak with a like-minded audience, and to learn from that audience. It’s a once in a lifetime [experience].

Susan Shifrin, conference participant

First Symposium includes Experts in the Field

Mark Wells performs music in a gallery. Photo by J Caldwell.
Mark Wells performs music in a gallery. Photo by J Caldwell.

In June 2017, the Nasher Museum hosted the first Museums and Dementia Symposium for more than 70 museum professionals from 23 states and three countries. The symposium shared best practices in programming for visitors with memory loss and spotlighted the Nasher Museum’s Reflections program.

Conference speakers included Damon McLeese, executive director of Denver Access Gallery; Laurel Humble, associate educator for community, access and school programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Susan Shifrin, founder and executive director of ARTZ Philadelphia; and Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, Ph.D., director of the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Center at Duke.

Guest speaker Laurel Humble, associate educator for community, access and school programs at New York’s Museum of Modern Art addresses the crowd. Photo by J Caldwell

Support

Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth poses with longtime supporter Stefanie Kahn. Photo by J Caldwell.
Nasher Museum Director Sarah Schroth poses with longtime supporter Stefanie Kahn. Photo by J Caldwell.

The Museums and Dementia Symposium was generously funded by the Carlyle Adams Foundation. Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s program is made possible by Stefanie and Doug Kahn in honor of their fathers, Donald Schneider and Mike Kahn; and Chrissey Hunt.

Notes from Sessions

Research – Past and Present (Session A)

Research – Past and Present
Research Bibliography

Engaging University Students (Session A)

Engaging Univ. Students

Offsite Programming (Session A)

Offsite Programming

Community Partnerships (Session B)

Community Partnerships

When the Worst Happens (Session B)

When the Worst Happens

Staff and Docent Training (Session C)

Staff and Docent Training
Staff and Docent Training Handout

Connecting to the Medical Community (Session C)

Connecting to the Medical Community

Research – Into the Future (Session C)

Research – Into the Future

VTS for Visitors with Memory Loss (Session C)

VTS for Visitors With Memory Loss

Off the Wall Engagement, Panel Discussion

Off the Wall Engagement
Off the Wall Engagement handout

Dementia & Museum Programs 2017

(This is only a partial list of U.S. museum programs for individuals with dementia. If you would like to make changes to a listed program or add a program, please email reflections@duke.edu.)

Dementia & Museum Programs 2017

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