SPARK at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum starts New Year


In September 2010, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum launched its unique SPARK: Cultural Program for Memory Loss program. After four successful programs, the program will continue in 2011. The free monthly program is designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners and occurs on the first Wednesday of every month. On Wednesday, January 4th the theme for the program will be “America Works,” and will examine artworks by Thomas Hart Benton, Thomas Cole, and Hermann Herzog.

This program is as much for care partners as those living with memory loss and is a welcoming environment thanks to the program leaders’ proactive adaptations to the Museum to meet physical and emotional needs. Participants should expect to be at the Museum for about an hour and a half.Program attendees will meet at the front desk of the Museum and will then walk to select artworks, sitting to discuss each piece. Participants can expect to experience between 3 and 4 artworks during the program. A vibrant conversation about the artwork often ensues, but there is no pressure to talk or “say the right thing.”

Pre-registration is required. Please call Curator of Education, Heather MacGaw, at 507-474-6626 to sign up.If this is your first time participating, you will be asked a few questions regarding any limitations or special needs. Approximately 16 people, or 8 pairs can participate each month. This program is free thanks to the generous support from the Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is located at 800 Riverview Drive. For more information on the Museum or its programs, please call Heather MacGaw at (507) 474-6626 or visit our website at

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