Despite the record-breaking winter weather, art is growing and flourishing at Milwaukee Catholic Home. This February and March, the Health and Rehabilitation Center will be hosting an ongoing exhibit of art created by residents from our skilled nursing and rehabilitation apartments.
The art was created in the context of a variety of art classes and art therapy sessions, including the “Memories in the Making” Program of the Alzheimer’s Association. It includes work in several different mediums. Giving residents the opportunity for artistic expression is an ongoing, important component of Milwaukee Catholic Home’s programming, and is often an important aspect of physical and cognitive therapy as well.
“It is not only the artwork that is produced that is meaningful, but the experience of creating art that often provides the most life-enhancing moments,” said MCH art therapist Becky Prusko. “When given the opportunity to create art in a supportive environment, the artists often feel comfortable sharing their wisdom, memories and feelings with other group members and facilitators. They feel as if they are a part of a community. If an artist has difficulty expressing their thoughts verbally, often their art becomes their voice.”
The exhibit will open on February 14th with a special happy hour and reception for the artists and their families, and will be on display through March 15th. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and take a look around!