Art Spark! is a program designed for people with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners. This program will provide opportunities for dialogue and reflection through art engagement within the FIA galleries as well as experimentation with a number of mediums and materials through art making workshops.

Specially trained staff and volunteers will lead interactive sessions that will engage both the person with memory loss and their care partners. “Art Spark” programs are an hour long and refreshments are provided at the 30 minute social before the start of the gallery tour. Wheelchairs and walkers are welcomed.


Families and Care Partners

Art Spark! Gallery Tours are offered at 10 am on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Art Spark! Art Workshops will begin in 2024. Pre-Registration is required for tours and workshops.

There is a 30 minute social before each program for participants to become comfortable and socialize with peers before the program begins. All are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum after the program.



Group Tours are offered on a select basis. Please contact Jennifer Giddings-Essenmacher, Docent and Access Coordinator, at or 810.339.6022 to schedule an Art Spark! program for your group.



Art Spark! Programs are FREE to the public. Registration is required and must be received at least five days in advance of selected programs.

To Register, Please contact the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION at 800.272.3900

To learn more about Art Spark! Contact Jennifer Giddings-Essenmacher at or at 810.339.6022

Space is limited, register early.

This program is funded through a grant from the Nartel Family Foundation


Creating art can improve our emotional well-being, can boost self-esteem, and helps to foster mindfulness. We recognize the common challenges faced by those with memory loss including anxiety, confusion and sadness. Engaging with visual art and art making activities can help individuals cope with the emotional impact of Alzheimers and memory loss. Art Spark! Art Making Workshops offer a creative and non-verbal way of communicating and sparking moments of connectedness through art making. Individuals with memory loss, alongside their care partners, can forge connections by engaging in art together, creating an informal support group with others who share similar experiences.

No artistic skills are required; everyone can benefit. Wear comfortable casual clothing that you don't mind getting ink or paint on. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Art Making Workshops will be offered on a monthly basis from 10 - 11am with a coffee social starting at 9:30am. Pre-Registration is required and the workshops will be limited to 20 participants. Contact Jennifer Giddings-Essenmacher at 810.339.6022 for more information and the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900 to register.


Gallery Tours | Isabel Hall

Coffee 9:30a; Tour 10a-11a

June 20  - Mexicanidad
July 18 - From Earth to Sky
August 15 - Sculptures


Art Workshops | Studio 10

Coffee 9:30a; Activity 10a-11a

June 28  - Collage
July 26 - Clay
August 23 - Found Object Art