SPARK! is a cultural program for people with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Programs are designed to keep participants actively engaged in their communities by providing experiences that stimulate conversations, provide peer support and inspire creativity through engaging in museum experiences, workshops and programs. SPARK! programs are FREE for families to attend together in a comfortable environment led by specially trained staff and volunteers.
SPARK! events are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:00 am.
Programs typically last 60-90 minutes and group sizes are limited. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.
Please contact the Rahr-West Art Museum if you are interested in bringing a group to the SPARK! program.
Welcome to SPARK!
January 17: Kandinsky-Inspired Circle Art
Learn about Wassily Kandinsky and paint on canvas.
February 21: Geometric Shape Resist Art
Create beautiful, abstract artwork using paint and tape.
March 21: Mardi Gras Time!
Participate in a special Mardi Gras discussion. Enjoy some treats and make masks to celebrate!
April 18: Japanese Cherry Blossom Paintings
Think spring and make beautiful cherry blossom art.
May 16: Watercolor Flowers
Paint bright, beautiful flowers using a fun watercolor technique and markers!
June 13: Maritime Museum *This is the 2nd Thursday
Meet at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for this month's project!
July 18: Paint and Pass Jazz Style
Try something a little different! A "Paint and Pass" activity involves everyone working on each other's art. Listen to music and paint what is felt. At the end, everyone will have their own piece of art that was created by all!
August 15: Fabric Autumn Tree Wall Hangings
Use provided supplies to create a beautiful wall hanging.
September 19: Autumn Grapevine Wreaths
Use Autumn themed decor to create a wreath to take home and use year after year.
October 17: The Art of Tablesettings
A favorite exhibit at the Rahr-West, The Art of Tablesettings will bring back memories of days gone by and family meals of the past. Take a gallery walk, then participate in a paint your own pottery workshop.
November 21: Handmade Holiday Cards
There is nothing like receiving a handmade Christmas Card. Make several cards to give to your loved ones this holiday season.
December 19: Holly, Jolly Holiday Fun
Walk together through the mansion and enjoy the twinkle and sparkle of the holiday decorations that fill the rooms. Listen to Christmas music, make ornaments and enjoy some cookies!