A program which was brought to Elk River three years ago by artist/teacher, Paula Benfer. By using visual arts as a focus, participants are encouraged to recall memories, develop social relationships, and exercise cognitive and creative thinking during activities. In the process, participants learn how to stimulate recall and memory by using images, home resources, and visual art as a motivational tool. Even grandchildren can learn how to stimulate conversations with this method. This is an established program which brings joy and support to this population.
Paula Benfer believes making art and teaching art are equally important, one enriches the other. Creating her own art in her eclectic style informed her teaching. Through her mediums she told stories. While teaching art she listened to the voices of her students.