Sean Caulfield, Co-founder and Creative Director of ARTZ/Artists for Alzheimer’s, will discuss his organization’s work, and the use of artistic and cultural experiences in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College. The event is free and open to the public.
ARTZ has developed Alzheimer’s-specific cultural access programs with some of the world’s most renowned and respected cultural institutions, including the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Gallery of Australia, the Big Apple Circus, and the Tribeca Film Institute, among others.
ARTZ has organized and implemented over 400 community events, enabling more than 10,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia to have access to arts and culture. The ARTZ network has been developed in Boston, New York, Stuttgart, London, Melbourne, and Paris.
Now it is coming to the Philadelphia area, where the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum will soon become the primary museum affiliate for ARTZ in this region.
Sean Caulfield’s Alzheimer’s advocacy developed from his early experience as a caregiver. Prior to co-founding ARTZ, he served as an Executive Director of an Alzheimer’s residential program and as a support group facilitator for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2003, he worked with the Mayor’s Office in Marlborough, Massachusetts to develop and organize the Mayor’s Forum on Alzheimer’s Disease. This innovative series of outreach events provided comprehensive education for diagnosed individuals, care partners and family members living in the Metro-West area of Boston. The annually recurring program serves as a national model for other cities and town governments.
In 2005, Caulfield consulted to Dr. John Zeisel in the writing of I’m Still Here, a play about a family’s trials at learning of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The play was performed in Boston, New York City, and Connecticut. The same year, he helped organize a traveling exhibition of art created by people living with Alzheimer’s. Entitled, I’m Still Here: Alzheimer’s and Creative Expression, the exhibition made its debut at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with further showings at Banner Health Hospitals in Arizona, the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Merck Research Laboratories in Boston, the International Health Aging Conference in Portugal, and the 2008 EU Conference on Alzheimer’s in Paris, France.
Caulfield partnered with Zeisel on the training, research, planning, and implementation of Alzheimer’s-specific museum tours at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The project, three years in the making, was opened to the public in January of 2006 and is now a permanent part of MoMA’s Community & Access programs.
He frequently lectures on art, creativity, and Alzheimer’s at museums, hospitals, universities, and community agencies throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has been a keynote speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County, New York, and has led workshops at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Map through the Maze conference in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York City, and New Jersey. He most recently facilitated a workshop on ‘Art, Alzheimer’s, & Creativity’ at the 1st Annual UK Arts & Dementia Conference at St. Hilda’s College in Oxford.
Sean holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.