Art Bright “in a Nut Shell”

Art Bright is a program which utilizes the visual arts and sensory stimulation to encourage recollections of life experiences. We tell our own narratives and share the joy of interactions as we build friendships and community. We use art to break isolation, and we demonstrate how the arts can assist caregivers in the care of loved ones. We use the arts to encourage recall and cognition.
Summer classes are now set for Elk River YMCA:  
Register on SCAW website/ linked to YMCA. 
  13337 Business Center Dr NW
Check in at the YMCA desk to be directed to the picnic area location.
  •  Tuesday July 12, 11:15 to 1:15 with a brown bag lunch.
  •  Wednesday July 13, 11:30 to 1:30 with a brown bag lunch
  •  Tuesday  July 19, 11:15 to 1:15 with a brown bag lunch
SENIOR DAY at the Sherburne County Fair! July 14 12:00 to 4:00
Come visit the Art Bright display at the Sherburne County Area United Way booth!
  • Come talk to the artist/ teacher Paula Benfer.
  •  See a display of art created by Art Bright participants.
  • Hear about the program and its benefits.
  • Receive information and get on the mailing list for notifications about upcoming events

Current Sessions open for your registrations:

  • Register for: One month at a time, or Both.
  • All activities are completed in a day.
  • If you miss one of the dates, we can work with you.

Sign up

* There is a LIMIT of 18 participants only. Register Now!

  • $25 donation per participant  is helpful to cover supply cost
  • The donation covers all classes within the month.
  • We do not want this to be a hardship.
  • Should you need financial assistance, make a note in comments. We will find sponsorship.

Additional Program Information and Photos Below

Art Bright Goals

1. Break isolation for seniors, caregivers, and the memory loss community.
2. Activities encourage conversation, fun, friendships, and cognition!
3. Through art viewing and creating, memory and self-expression are linked.

Who may register?

• Active Seniors who feel isolated
• People may come with a friend or a caring neighbor.
• Participants examples have been a parent and child, siblings, or a caregiver and client.
• Caregivers trying to find ways to maintain communication with family members.
• People with diagnosis like Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, or variations of over eight diseases with memory complications.

Paula Benfer

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.

Click the Learn More button to download 6 FREE computer Programs which maybe used at home with someone needing assistance through their memory lost journey. 

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