connect2culture®: Your Link to Cultural Engagement
Manager of Connect2culture®
The year 2018 was one of partnerships, education, and exciting new expansion for connect2culture®. It was a time of discovery for families who chose from various programs offering creative and engaging opportunities for social connection, creative stimulation, and joy. Connect2culture explored caregiver-only pilot programs, and by the end of 2018, had 18 cultural partners including botanical gardens, art and history museums, and performing arts organizations. In becoming cultural partners, organizations served caregivers and people living with dementia through interactions from trained staff, creating a welcoming and safe environment and facilitating creative and innovative programs.
A new initiative for connect2culture is to encourage cultural institutions to create caregiver-only programs. Recognizing that caregivers need time to practice self-care, connect2culture piloted a program with The Rubin Museum of Art in downtown Manhattan. The Rubin Museum’s collection of Himalayan art and contemporary installations facilitate thought-provoking conversations in their galleries. Caregivers use this time to meet other caregivers, explore their own ideas of life cycles through art, and enjoy time to themselves.
Connect2culture thanks families for their support and participation in its cultural partners’ programs, and continues to look for opportunities to expand its roster in 2019.