Dementia-friendly improv classes return this month to Edmonds Center for Arts

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Improv class in action. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Center for the Arts)

Edmonds Center for the Arts will welcome back Taproot Theatre for a third series of improvisational theatre workshops, called “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play.” Designed specifically for people with early stage memory loss, their family members and care partners, classes are presented as part of ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series. This 4-week workshop series will take place Monday mornings (10:30 a.m.-noon), from Feb. 26 through March 19 in the ECA lobby.

“Re-Ignite the Mind” sessions use improvisation and theatre games to tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss and their care partners. Participants engage fully in the present, making improvisation a perfect theatre class for students living with memory loss. There is no memory requirement, just the delight of participating in an experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment. The class is taught by theatre professionals from Taproot Theatre, and brings 90 minutes of positive social interaction and living in the moment for participants.

Admission to “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play” is $5 per class or $15 for all four classes, with free admission for family members or care partners (one partner max.) Each session concludes with complimentary coffee and snacks for participants.

Drop-ins are welcome. To register in advance, visit www.ec4arts.org or contact the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595.

ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series is a line-up of creative and social enrichment programs developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, eldercare and memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region. With the mission to create opportunities for people with memory loss and their loved ones to connect and experience joy through the arts, ECA is committed to providing a space where community members with dementia feel welcome and valued; where their creative contributions are celebrated; and where quality time can be spent with families and care partners.

“Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play” is made possible with the generous support of the Hazel Miller Foundation, Community Foundation of Snohomish County, and Anne & Mary Arts & Environmental Education Fund.

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