A round-table discussion entitled The Azure Project: Exploring the potential for greater participation of people with dementia in cultural settings in Ireland will take place on Friday 23 November  2012 at IMMA at the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. The Azure project is about providing an artistic experience in Irish museums and galleries for people with dementia, their families and carers.

The  project was inspired by the ‘Meet Me at MoMA’ project from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and we are delighted to have Carrie McGee from MoMA at the discussion. Carrie will also be delivering a masterclass, demonstrating the programme’s concept and discussing the components involved in creating successful art-related programmes for people with dementia.

The Azure project is a partnership between Age & Opportunity, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Butler Gallery and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. All partners will be involved on the day, along with speakers from the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, Professor Eamon O’Shea of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway and artist Terry O’Farrell.

The round-table is aimed specifically at people who work in the field of dementia or in cultural institutions. There are still a very limited number of spaces available on the day if you work in this field. Contact danielle.byrne@ageandopportunity.ie if you wish to attend, giving details of your organisation and your role.

The Azure pilot was funded by the Ireland Funds, the Community Foundation for Ireland and the HSE Lottery Fund.


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