‘The Wizard of Oz’ begins ECA series

Oct 07, 2016
Courtesy of: MGM “The Wizard of Oz” begins the Dementia-Inclusive Series at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Edmonds Center for the Art’s Dementia-Inclusive Series – programs designed to engage people living with memory loss, their care partners, families and friends – returns for a second year.

The series was developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, memory care professionals and arts groups in Puget Sound, including the series’ consulting partner, Elderwise.

Through April 2017, the series will include three dementia-inclusive screenings of classic films on ECA’s digital cinema system, and two workshop series for individuals with early stage memory loss (ESML) and their care partners.

“Friendly Folk Dance” with Silver Kite Community Arts will be hosted at Edmonds Senior Center in November, and “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation & Play,” led by Taproot Theatre, will take place at ECA in February.

ECA will also offer free sing-along events at local assisted living facilities throughout the year, in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

“We were really encouraged by community feedback after the pilot year of the series,” said Gillian Jones, ECA’s director of programming. “People living with memory loss and their caregivers can definitely face barriers to entry within the traditional framework of arts organizations. It’s been wonderful to hear that, as a result of these programs, many of our participants now feel more welcome at ECA.”

With funding from the Hazel Miller Foundation, ECA has expanded its Arts for Everyone discounted ticket program to include $2 entrance for older adults with limited disposable incomes to all dementia-inclusive programs, as well as ECA Saturday matinees.

The series opens with a matinee screening of “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, Oct. 15. In contrast to traditional film experiences, dementia-inclusive films are presented as relaxed, informal events. Patrons are invited to talk or get up during the film.

Theater house lights are left on low so the audience can see and move around if necessary. Although film events are designed with accessibility for patrons with dementia as a priority, the general public – and an all-ages audience – is welcome.

In particular, the series presents an opportunity for younger family members, grandchildren and friends to spend time with elders in an intergenerational setting and to connect over classic films. Each film features a live opening act by Barclay Shelton Dance Centre.

Reminiscence associated with watching classic films or engaging in expressive arts programming can also stimulate memories, encourage communication between people with memory loss and caregivers, enhance cognitive abilities, and elevate and stabilize mood.

Purchase tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” and other dementia-inclusive films ($2/$10) online at www.ec4arts.org, by phone at 425-275-9595, or in person at 410 Fourth Ave N. Arts for Everyone tickets are available by phone or in person only.

For workshop admission ($2/$5), contact the ECA box office by phone. To book a sing-along at your facility, or for more information about the dementia-inclusive series, contact Gillian Jones, director of programming, at gillian@ec4arts.org or 425.275.9483.

“The Wizard of Oz”

When: 10 a.m. Oct. 15
Where: Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds
Tickets: $2-$10
Information: www.ec4arts.org, 425-275-9595



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