Unique Tourism Product from the Rubin Museum of Art: Mindful Connections

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Beginning Friday, September 16, 2011, the Rubin Museum of Art will expand its accessibility services to visitors with dementia and their caregivers with  monthly tours of its galleries of Himalayan art. 


The specialized Mindful Connections tours are grounded in professional medical research findings that the contemplation of works of art triggers emotional memories and eases communication and social interaction for people with dementia. Guides and docents at the museum trained with Amy Trommer, Dementia Care Educator at the Alzheimer's Association, in collaboration with Carolyn Halpin-Healy of the nonprofit organization Arts and Minds to learn more about conducting inquiry-based discussions about works of art in the museum's collection with these audiences. This program is a valuable addition to our accessibility offerings," said Ashley Mask, Manager of Visitor Experience at the Rubin Museum of Art. 


"There has already been a significant response from visitors who have come to the museum," she said. "The contemplative and peaceful nature of many of our works of art, combined with the serene environment in our galleries, provides a wonderful framework for this program. Our gallery educators are eager to connect with all kinds of visitors, especially those who might not normally have opportunities to explore works of art together."


"The Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter, is so pleased to support Mindful Connections, a new and innovative program offered by the Rubin Museum for people with dementia and their caregivers" said Jed Levine, Executive Vice President, Director, Programs and Services. "We believe this program will provide participants the opportunity to: be involved in a meaningful activity; engage in stimulating conversation; and form new friendships." The first Mindful Connections tour on Friday, September 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m. will be followed monthly on the third Friday of each month: October 21, November 18, and December 16 at the same time. Museum admission and the scheduled tours are free, but participants are required to register in advance.

 

"The beautiful and unique environment of the Rubin Museum; its intriguing collection of artwork; coupled with a staff that has an amazing ability to engage and understand individuals touched by Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, is ideal for this type of program," said Amy Trommer of the Alzheimer's Association. "We are proud to partner with the Rubin Museum in this exciting endeavor."

 

Please visit rmanyc.org/mindfulconnections to register. For more information, contact Ashley Mask at access@rmanyc.org or 212-620-5000, ext. 354.

 

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