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    First Friday Exhibit Features ‘Re-Memory&...

    “Re-Memory: An Exploration in Visual Art and Story Telling” will feature works created through The Everhart Museum, United Methodist Homes Wesley Village campus and the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies collaborative three-year research project that examines the process of creating art as a means to better understand and possibly transform or slow the degeneration that occurs from Alzheimer’s and related cognitive disorders. The one-day-only exhibit and reception will be held in conjunction with Scranton’s First Fridays on Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Photo is courtesy of Zak Zavada Photography. 
    July 2, 2018

    A one-night-only exhibit on the August 3 First Friday will feature works created by participants of “Re-Memory: An Exploration in Visual Art and Story Telling.” The work, which will be shown at the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall at The University of Scranton, was created as part of a three-year research project at the Wesley Village campus of United Methodist Homes that examines the process of creating art as a means to better understand and possibly transform or slow the degeneration that occurs from Alzheimer’s and related cognitive disorders.

    The ongoing research is being conducted by The Everhart Museum, Wesley Village and the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies. Lead researcher is Catherine Richmond-Cullen, Ed.D., assistant professor of education at the University.

    Through the project, residents of Wesley Village with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their caregivers participated in a 10-day artist-in-resident program. Artwork from the Everhart Museum was used for inspiration for the participants. Dr. Richmond-Cullen is examining the effects of the program on the cognitive function of participants. Additional facilitated workshops will be conducted in years two and three of the project. Wesley Village and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts are providing funding support for the project.

    The artwork created in the first workshop will be displayed in the Kane Forum at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 3. The event, offered free of charge and open to the public, will include light refreshments. The exhibit is part of downtown Scranton’s First Fridays event.

    For additional information, contact Amy Everetts, director of development and marketing at the Everhart Museum, at 570-346-7186, ext. 521, or by email at development@everhart-museum.org. 

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