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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease
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Art in the Moment

The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Disease is proud to offer Art in the Moment in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Art engages the imagination, focusing on capacities and strengths not directly impacted by one’s age or ability to remember. Interacting with and creating art can help people with dementia access long-term memories while remaining fully engaged in the present moment.

Art in the Moment is a creative arts–based discussion and studio activity at the Art Institute of Chicago for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. The program serves as a vehicle for intellectual stimulation, creative expression, social engagement and personal validation. Care partners are encouraged to participate in the discussion and activity to help encourage a mutually supportive environment. Through observing, discussing and creating art, participants will discover an alternative means of communication, reflecting on life experiences while strengthening relationships today.


  • Art in the Moment is offered on a quarterly basis at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • There is no cost to participate.
  • Each session lasts about two-and-a-half hours.
  • Space is limited. A maximum of 20 participants will be accommodated per session.
The Glen and Wendy Miller Family
The program above is made possible by the generosity of the Miller family. Through their $1.25 million commitment, Glen and Wendy Miller and their daughter Lauren Izaks support the education and support programs for individuals and families living with neurocognitive disease, particularly the Buddy Program, which they have supported since 2008. In addition, their gift has helped establish the Miller Social Work Fellowship Program.
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