Therapeutic Art Programs:
A critical element of The Geezer Gallery’s mission:
The Geezer Gallery (TGG) has been partnering with OHSU, Oregon Partner’s for Alzheimer’s Research (OPAR), and Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH) in a collaborative research project that will evaluate the efficacy of “Vibrant Elders” and “Capturing Time”, the major TGG curriculums. This year-long clinical research study is designed to validate how our therapeutic arts program impacts apathy, depression, social engagement, cognitive functioning and quality of life of elders with or without MCI while living in senior communities.
Community outreach in terms of offering exposure to artists while inspiring elders to become involved in the arts is ongoing at TGG. We partner with centers for seniors, including but not limited to Terwilliger Plaza, Hawthorne Gardens, Mary’s Woods, Elite Care, Lake Oswego Women’s Imaging Center, The Springs at Tanasbourne in giving our elder artists excellent visibility to become known for their creative pursuits, which helps them continue to have purpose in their lives while inspiring those who enjoy the works.
Recognizing the importance of intergenerational arts programs, TGG is conducting an intergenerational arts program with the Siletz Tribe, being led by a graduate student at Oregon State University who works with executive director Amy Henderson in implementing a research arts program that pairs the elders of the Siletz Tribe with the youth in teaching the celebrated master basket and weaving methods of the tribe. Funded by Spirit Mountain Community Foundation.
EXHIBITIONS OF THE WORK OF ARTISTS 60 AND ABOVE
A key program of The Geezer Gallery is exhibiting and marketing juried artwork created by artists age 60 and above. In addition to exhibits in the gallery since 2006, remote exhibitions in numerous high-profile venues, such as Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Artists Repertory Theatre, St Vincent Hospital and others, as well as in retirement communities in the Portland Metro area, have helped to expand the visibility of the artists.
The Geezer Gallery is collaborating with Artists Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) to feature new exhibitions and artist receptions at each performance throughout at least the next 3 seasons. TGG continues to seek additional venues that will provide maximum exposure for TGG’s senior artists.
ART IN SCHOOL
For five months during the 2015-2016 school year, Southwest Charter School 6th-8th graders had the wonderful opportunity of taking art lessons at Geezer Gallery’s nearby working studio and gallery, Art in Action, generously funded by Zidell Companies. Professional artists, Candyce Scott and Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich, guided the kids through many printmaking and collage techniques including how to make gelatin monoprints. These prints were used in a variety of ways to make to beautiful cards and 3D pieces. Finally they taught the kids how to present the finished pieces in a way that would make their art ready for sale.
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