SPARK! White Lake

Individuals with memory loss are invited to participate, along with a friend, family member or care partner, in engaging conversations inspired by art and theater. Each program includes a creative, art-making activity. 

SPARK! programs began in Wisconsin in 2009. This is the first SPARK! program in Michigan.

You can learn more about SPARK! programs here: http://www.sparkprograms.org/

This FREE program is made possible by the Muskegon County Senior Millage, the Cheryl Whelan Family, the White Lake Community Center Fund, and the White Lake Lothmann Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

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About the Facilitator: Nancy Armitage

Nancy strives to enhance the quality of life for those living with dementia and their care partners by providing meaningful creative engagement in a supportive social setting. 

Program Experience

Memories in the Making: Fine arts program that gives creative expression to those living with dementia
• From 2010-2019, worked with the Alzheimer’s Association in Wisconsin to implement over forty programs
• Trained hundreds of memory care staff to facilitate their residents in expressing themselves through painting and other meaningful engagement
• Organized exhibits to take place as pop-up art in storefronts, gallery exhibitions and informational showcases in public locations
• Facilitated an early stage engagement program that allowed those living with memory issues and their care partners to come together in a creative social setting

SPARK!: Program for caregivers and loved ones suffering from beginning to mid-stage Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia featuring interactive exhibit experiences in a welcoming environment

• Trained facilitator; contributed to this program at the Racine Art Museum several times over the last few years
• Monthly events in a cultural setting that allows those living with dementia and their care partners to participate in fun and educational community offerings within a supportive social setting
• Each session typically involves a presentation, discussion and art engagement project

Timeslips: Interactive story writing invites participants to imagine using words, sounds, movements and images

• Trained facilitator and have conducted this program at multiple assisted living communities over the last few years