Mike Todd


In the first exhibition of its kind in Seattle, The Artist Within will feature surprising, delightful and inspiring art that will open hearts and minds to a different way of thinking about dementia, enabling us to see that—though they have changed—they are still here, living with dignity, creativity and joy.

Presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the Department of Neighborhoods and 4Culture, The Artist Within will be held at City Hall’s Lobby Gallery & Anne Focke Gallery, January 8 through February 26, 2016, 600 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Monday—Friday, 7am—6pm. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, January 8 from 4—6pm.

Free and open to all, the exhibition will feature fascinating artwork by people, 60 to 100, who live with dementia. Throughout the seven weeks of the exhibition, we will present a series of activities developed in concert with community partners—catalysts for knowledge, empathy, creativity and involvement

In loving Memory of Jean McFee Raichle – March 28, 1919 – April 19, 2015

The impact

While Alzheimer’s is scary, art isn’t. It is our hope that this artwork will encourage a leap from fear to understanding, empathy and creative thinking. Leading to real conversations about how to build a dementia friendly community—more inclusive, more engaging, more supportive and more hopeful for everyone whose lives are touched by dementia and inspiring us all to become better stewards of an aging population.

City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
The Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Charitable Foundation
Media Sponsor – KUOW 94.9 FM

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