The Art of Alzheimer’s opens hearts and minds to the vitality and dignity of people living with dementia.  Through events and exhibitions, we serve as a powerful vehicle to overcome fear and stigma to expand knowledge and understanding about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  With our community partners, we invite people to explore what it means to live with memory loss in our community and what it means to be a part of a dementia friendly community.

The Art of Alzheimer’s is a nonprofit organization powered by Shunpike.

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

The inspiration

I was raised in the shadow of Alzheimer’s with nearly everyone on my father’s side and many in mother’s developing the disease.  We were taught that when Alzheimer’s arrived, it was like a death—actually worse than death.  Our parents warned us, “Don’t sacrifice your lives for us.  When our time comes, just walk away.” And we all believed it.

And then Mom began to paint.  The paintings were amazing.  She had never painted a day in her life yet these paintings were really good, always interesting and sometimes remarkable.  And slowly, I began to understand.  She may have had a short term memory of about ten seconds, but she was still here—loving, creative and joyful.  I began to share the art with others and the reaction was always the same—delight, surprise and gratitude to experience a story about Alzheimer’s with hope and joy—a powerful testament to the tenacity of the human spirit.


Marcus E. Raichle MD, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University; 2014 Kavli Prize Laureate

Thomas Grabowski MD, Director, Memory and Brain Wellness Center at Harborview and Professor of Radiology and Neurology, University of Washington

Cathy Greenblat, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Rutgers University; Creator & Curator, Love, Loss and Laughter

Nancy R. Hooyman, Ph.D. Dean Emeritus, UW School of Social Work

Soo Borson, Professor, UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director, UW Memory Disorders Clinic, head, ADRC Satellite Core, focusing on aging and dementia in minority populations

Carin Mack, MSW, ACSW, Social worker, Greenwood Community Center


Marigrace Becker, Program Manager, Community Education and Impact, UW Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center

Raeanne McAlister,  Executive Director, Seniors Creating Art

Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director, Northwest Center for Creative Aging

Jennifer Kulik, Executive Director, Silver Kite Community Arts

Cheryl Brown, Lifelong Recreation Coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Mary Jane Knecht, Manager, Creative Aging Programs, Frye Art Museum

Kavan Peterson, Director, Age of Disruption Tour, Editor, ChangingAging.org

Becca Verda, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Melinda Franklin, Community Volunteer



Our sincere Thanks to the Sponsors and Donors whose generosity and commitment have made this program possible



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