Program Method

Model for Successful Engagement

The Artful Moments program design is informed by this framework, created based on our practice and evaluation of past programs experiences. 

Inherent in the Model is the idea that each program component is essential and interconnected.

Every component of the Model must be fully applied to achieve the goals of engagement and improved wellbeing. Each is necessary for a successful program.

The Model for Successful Engagement.

The Museum and the Participants

The Museum: Encompassing its collections, spaces and staff are the starting point. Artful Moments uses these assets and creative potential to create a unique, meaningful and specific program.  

Participant: The Participant forms a central structure, informing everything else. In a person-centred program, the understanding of the participant and their particular circumstances, ‘who’ is central. Everything else is built from this knowledge and refers back to it.

Successful Engagement

Engagement is the process by which we achieve our goal of improved wellbeing for our participants.  This is why we do it.  We work to capture the interest and attention of participants through experiences that support their abilities, fostering connections and encourage participation in whatever form that takes for each individual. 

This leads to Wellbeing, the desired outcome of the experience.  Wellbeing can encompass balance in many areas, including positive feelings, self esteem, social connection and more. 

As one of three pillars of the Model, this is the where of the program – the physical and social space.  A well considered environment must apply the knowledge of the participants to support engagement.

As a second pillar, this is the how we do it. The approach is about communication, facilitation and attitudes. Our approach is customized to suit the needs and abilities of the participant. 

As a third pillar, this is the what we do – the content of conversations and hands-on activities.  Well planned activity incorporates knowledge of the participant to support and respond to the participant.

Introducing Learning Modules

Artful Moments - What is cognition – A woman looks at paintings in an art gallery.

Module 1: Dementia and Museums

Understand the philosophy and impact of Artful Moments, as well as how to use this website to develop your own program.

Artful Moments - A participant draws a self-portrait during a hands-on class.

Module 2: Understanding the Participant

Understand the impact of dementia on a person and how the changes in the brain that are caused by dementia can affect their participation in an Artful Moments-style program.

Artful Moments - A group of participants compare two paintings, Bud by Marion Dale Scott, 1939 and Transitions I (self portrait) by Christina Sealey, 2001.

Module 3: Understanding Environment

Learn how to apply your knowledge of dementia to create a program environment that maximizes the safety, accessibility, and comfort of your participants and facilitators in order to promote engagement and wellbeing.

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