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Monday, January 22, 2018
According to the Ageing and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, nearly 15,000 people in our community may have dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other types of clinical memory loss.  As this number continues to grow, cultural organizations like the Neville Public Museum can play a role in helping families stay actively engaged in their community.

In 2017 the museum became part of the Spark! Alliance.  SPARK! is a program designed to stimulate conversations, provide peer support, and inspire creativity through engaging in museum experiences.  The Neville joins over 20 other museums in Wisconsin and Minnesota in its commitment to offering monthly programs for people with memory loss and their care partners, free of charge.

To me, the best part about SPARK! is that it isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach.  Each museum does things their own way.  At the Neville, our SPARK! program focuses on a different temporary exhibit each month.  Because we have so many different types of exhibits throughout the year, each SPARK! program is unique.  Sometimes we’ll do science experiments, sometimes create works of art, and sometimes focus on storytelling.  Regardless of the activities, every month our goal is to create a supportive environment where families and friends can simply enjoy being together, and experience something new and different. 

To learn more about SPARK! at the Neville Public Museum or to register for an upcoming program, please click here.

Ryan Swadley
Education Specialist 

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