To truly support the experience of their loved one, as facilitators we must always model and reinforce our purpose, helping the friends and family to embrace and take part in the philosophy and approach that we use in Artful Moments. This means:
To restate our program philosophy, Artful Moments provides meaningful, individualized, and engaging activities that encourage participants to be creative, to express themselves, and to connect with others through shared experiences. Our focus is on enhancing the strengths and abilities of the participant, regardless of their abilities, state of health, or social circumstance. We focus on the process and the experience rather than a final product or demonstration of learning.
We will discuss what ‘success’ looks like in depth in Module 6: Engagement but in short, success equals participation. This means something different for each person and can be as simple as being present in a group, making a mark on a page, or taking pleasure in listening to and watching others. For us, there is no such thing as a wrong answer, an incorrect colour, or the wrong way of making something.
We have found that sometimes, friends and family are so eager for the participant to ‘do well’ that they worry when they think they don’t. They can sometimes have unrealistic or unnecessary expectations, which puts pressure on themselves and the participants. You may observe this when they answer for the participant, correct their answers or art-making actions. They may even take over an activity.