Program Details
Host a Resident Art Show

Along with dance, anything creative can help with brain health, including creative art. A great opportunity for residents with any cognitive impairment is to have them create paintings or drawings and hold an Art Show for families and the community in your residence. It’s a great way to get those creative and mental benefits as well as engage your community. You could even host this event in your community during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and feature artwork by residents who have an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

  1. Celebrate and Showcase Creativity: One of the primary goals of an art show is to provide a platform for residents or artists to showcase their creative talents and express themselves through various art forms. It aims to celebrate the artistic abilities and achievements of the participants.
  2. Promote Engagement and Participation: The art show encourages residents, staff, and the community to actively engage in the arts. It fosters a sense of participation and involvement by inviting artists to submit their work, attend the event, and interact with visitors.
  3. Foster Social Connections: An art show creates opportunities for social interaction and connection among residents, staff, and visitors. It provides a shared experience where people can come together to appreciate art, exchange ideas, and engage in conversations about the artwork.
  4. Enhance Well-being and Self-Expression: Engaging in artistic endeavors can have positive effects on well-being and mental health. The art show aims to promote self-expression, boost self-esteem, and enhance the overall sense of well-being among the participating artists.
  5. Encourage Learning and Exploration: Art shows can serve as educational platforms where attendees can learn about different art forms, techniques, and styles. It encourages exploration and appreciation of various artistic expressions and can inspire individuals to explore their own creative potential.
  6. Create a Sense of Community and Belonging: By hosting an art show within a senior living community, it helps create a sense of community and belonging. It allows residents to connect with each other, share their talents, and contribute to the vibrant culture of the community.
  7. Promote Cultural Enrichment: Art shows often feature a diverse range of artwork, reflecting various cultures, traditions, and perspectives. They can serve as a means to promote cultural enrichment by showcasing the artistic diversity within the community and creating opportunities for cross-cultural understanding.
  8. Encourage Appreciation of the Arts: The art show aims to cultivate an appreciation for the arts among residents, staff, and visitors. It provides an accessible and engaging environment where people can immerse themselves in the beauty and creativity of artwork.
  9. Support Artistic Growth and Development: For aspiring artists, an art show can serve as a stepping stone for their artistic growth and development. It provides them with an opportunity to gain exposure, receive feedback from viewers, and build confidence in their artistic abilities.
  10. Enhance the Community's Reputation: Hosting an art show can enhance the reputation of the senior living community by showcasing its commitment to fostering creativity, engagement, and a vibrant cultural environment. It can attract positive attention and interest from the wider community, potentially leading to increased visibility and partnerships.

Plan and Prepare:

  1. Determine the purpose and theme of the art show. It could be a general exhibition of various art forms or focused on a specific theme or medium.
  2. Set a date, time, and location for the event. Consider a common area or designated space within the senior living community that can accommodate the artwork and visitors.
  3. Identify the resources and materials needed, such as display boards, easels, lighting, tables, signage, and promotional materials.
  4. Establish a planning committee or enlist the help of staff, volunteers, or residents who are interested in organizing the event.

Call for Submissions:

  1. Create a call for art submissions and distribute it to the residents of the community. Provide clear guidelines on the artwork specifications, submission process, and deadline.
  2. Encourage a variety of art forms, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, or crafts. Allow residents to submit multiple pieces if desired.
  3. Provide assistance to residents who may need support in preparing and submitting their artwork.

Curate the Exhibition:

  1. Once the submission deadline has passed, curate the artwork for display. Consider the available space and arrange the pieces in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
  2. Ensure that the artwork is properly labeled with the artist's name, title of the piece, and any other relevant information.
  3. Group similar artworks together or create thematic sections to enhance the overall presentation.

Plan the Opening Reception:

  1. Organize an opening reception to celebrate the art show. Set a specific time for the event, inviting residents, family members, staff, and the local community.
  2. Arrange for light refreshments, such as finger foods, beverages, or a small buffet.
  3. Prepare a program or schedule for the reception, including a welcome speech, acknowledgments, and any planned activities or entertainment.

Promote the Event:

  1. Publicize the art show within the senior living community and beyond. Use various communication channels, such as newsletters, bulletin boards, email lists, social media, and local event listings.
  2. Create visually appealing posters or flyers to display in common areas, inviting residents and their families to attend.
  3. Consider reaching out to local media outlets, community organizations, and art enthusiasts to generate interest and attendance.

Display and Exhibition:

  1. Set up the exhibition space before the opening reception. Arrange the artwork on display boards, easels, or walls with proper lighting to highlight each piece.
  2. Ensure there is adequate space for visitors to move around and view the artwork comfortably. Consider providing seating areas for people to admire the artwork.

Opening Reception:

  1. Welcome guests to the opening reception and provide an overview of the art show.
  2. Offer opportunities for residents to speak about their artwork or share their artistic journey if they wish.
  3. Encourage visitors to interact with the artists and ask questions about their work.
  4. Consider incorporating live music, poetry readings, or other performances to enhance the ambiance.

Duration of the Art Show:

  1. Determine the duration of the art show. It can be a one-day event or extend over several days or weeks, allowing residents and visitors ample time to view the artwork.
  2. Schedule regular viewing hours and ensure the exhibition space is accessible during that time.

Closing and Reflection:

  1. Host a closing event or gathering to thank the artists, attendees, and volunteers involved in the art show.
  2. Reflect on the success of the event and gather feedback from residents, staff, and visitors to improve future

Staffing Requirements

1-4, depending on number of participants

  1. Display boards, panels and easles
  2. Hanging and mounting materials
  3. Signage and labels
  4. Promotional materials
  5. Art supplies
  6. Cleaning supplies
  7. Tools
  1. Artwork Damage: There is a risk of accidental damage to the artworks during the setup, exhibition, or takedown process. Artworks may be mishandled, knocked over, or exposed to unfavorable environmental conditions, leading to potential damage or loss.
  2. Safety Hazards: Art shows typically involve a significant number of people gathering in one space. There is a risk of slips, trips, or falls due to crowded areas, uneven flooring, or poorly placed equipment. It is important to ensure the venue is well-maintained and that safety measures are implemented, including proper lighting, clear pathways, and signage.
  3. Poor Attendance or Reception: There is a risk that the art show may not attract a sufficient number of attendees or fail to generate the desired reception or engagement. Adequate promotion, targeting the right audience, and providing an appealing and accessible event can help mitigate this risk.
  4. Financial Loss: Art shows involve costs such as venue rental, promotional materials, equipment, and staff. If attendance or sales fall short of expectations, there is a risk of financial loss. It is essential to carefully plan the budget, consider potential revenue streams, and monitor expenses.
  5. Health and Safety Concerns: Considering the well-being of attendees, staff, and artists is crucial. Adequate measures should be taken to address health and safety concerns, such as providing accessible facilities, following local health guidelines, and ensuring appropriate ventilation and sanitation.

Expected Outcomes
  1. Self-Expression and Creativity: The art show provides an opportunity for seniors to express their creativity and showcase their artistic talents. It allows them to explore different art forms, experiment with various techniques, and communicate their unique perspectives through their artwork.
  2. Sense of Accomplishment and Pride: Participating in an art show can foster a sense of accomplishment and pride among seniors. Seeing their artwork displayed and appreciated by others can boost their self-esteem and reinforce their confidence in their artistic abilities.
  3. Social Engagement and Connection: The art show serves as a platform for social engagement and connection among seniors. It brings residents, artists, families, and community members together to appreciate and discuss the artwork. It promotes meaningful conversations, sharing of stories, and the development of new friendships or connections with like-minded individuals.
  4. Community Building: An art show can contribute to building a sense of community within the senior living facility or among senior artists in the wider community. It creates a shared experience that fosters a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and mutual support among the participants.
  5. Cognitive Stimulation and Mental Well-being: Engaging in artistic activities, such as preparing for an art show, can provide cognitive stimulation and enhance mental well-being for seniors. Creating art requires concentration, problem-solving, and memory recall, which can help maintain cognitive function and improve overall mental health.
  6. Emotional Expression and Therapeutic Benefits: Art can serve as a form of emotional expression and provide therapeutic benefits for seniors. The process of creating art and sharing personal stories through artwork can be cathartic, helping seniors express and process their emotions, reduce stress, and promote emotional well-being.
  7. Appreciation of Art and Cultural Enrichment: The art show offers an opportunity for seniors to appreciate different art forms, styles, and cultural expressions. It exposes them to a diverse range of artwork and fosters an appreciation for the arts, contributing to their cultural enrichment and personal growth.
  8. Intergenerational Connections: Art shows can facilitate intergenerational connections and interactions. By inviting younger generations, such as family members or local school students, to attend the art show, seniors have the opportunity to share their artwork, stories, and knowledge with younger individuals, fostering understanding and respect across generations.
  9. Lifelong Learning and Skill Development: The process of preparing for an art show involves learning new techniques, exploring different mediums, and refining artistic skills. Seniors can continue to learn and develop their artistic abilities, embracing a lifelong learning mindset and nurturing their passion for art.
  10. Recognition and Validation: The art show provides a platform for seniors to receive recognition and validation for their artistic endeavors. Positive feedback from attendees, awards or accolades, and sales of their artwork can affirm their talent and dedication, enhancing their sense of worth and accomplishment.
Program Type
Level of Care
Memory Care
Dimension of Wellness
Community Engagement
Painting, Art Therapy, Fine Art, Drawing, Crafts