Learning Modules

Introducing Learning Modules

Artful Moments: Shared Learning is a resource built to support organizations in creating programs of their own for people living with dementia. By the end of this program, you will feel confident in applying knowledge of dementia and adaptive planning to your own collections, exhibitions and programs in a way that understands and supports each participant, using engagement to foster wellbeing.

To be successful, your program should apply each of the six areas of consideration listed below, as they are interconnected and support each other in achieving engagement. 

You may start from Module 1 and work sequentially (ideal if you are new to this kind of programming) or you may select individual modules based on specific needs. How you proceed depends on your knowledge and program goals.

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.

Artful Moments - Early stage frank – A man sits in a gallery and smiles.

Module 4: Understanding Approach

Learn how to use a person-centred approach that is informed by your knowledge of dementia and an understanding of your participants in your own Artful Moments-style program.

Artful Moments - Wearing conservator’s gloves, participants have a tactile experience of a bronze portrait bust, Frank Panabaker by Elizabeth Holbrook Bradford, 1959.

Module 5: Understanding Activity

Learn how to use plan and facilitate museum-based conversations about your exhibitions and collections as well as meaningful hands-on activities that support and adapt to the abilities of participants.

Artful Moments - Two women discuss art in a gallery.

Module 6: Engagement and Wellbeing

Learn how to foster engagement by applying your understanding of dementia, and the impact of environment, approach, and activity, thereby enhancing the participant’s wellbeing.