August 16th 2014
The Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project is a cross generational community arts project with the focus of raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and using art as catalyst to comfort grandchildren, caregivers and elderly affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Team members certified in the Alzheimer’s Association “Memories in the Making Watercolor Class” volunteer with the elderly to create watercolor paintings. The paintings are then interpreted into sculptures by glass and iron artists. We host workshops and events to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Through this process fading memories become eternal artworks.
At the Alzheimer’s Iron Pours, sculptures will be cast by artist based off paintings created by the elderly. Sculptures created by the elderly during nursing home visits will also be turned into cast iron through sand molding. Additionally, relief blocks will be carved by Grandchildren affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, who will create their own artwork based off of memory. Cast Iron art will be created by artists working at Salem Art Works as well as guest artists of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project. All costs will be covered by the project. (artists are currently responsible for their own sand fees).