We connect and engage people with dementia and their carers through visual art workshops
Open Art Box CIC facilitates visual art workshops for people living with early-stage dementia and their carers. Our focus is to bring people together through friendly, creative and engaging artistic activities. Often working in partnership with cultural venues we strive to connect people, nurture feelings of social engagement, inclusion and through this help build community resilience. Integral to all our workshops is a emphasis on the freedom of self-expression and social engagement.Why the community needs us
We bring people together through creative engagement, supporting freedom of expression to increase self confidence, identity and wellbeing. We help create and strengthen relationships, which contributes to building a more resilient community. Through supporting, developing and enabling the creative voices of those affected by dementia, we look to challenge the stigma surrounding the disease and build public awareness of the important contribution those with dementia make to our society.Our impact on the community
Two artists work with groups of 12 people in a workshop and run art courses for 8 weeks at a time. Each course is built around a particular theme and throughout the course we look at different artists work and explore the personal making process in response. There is a strong emphasis on group engagement and group working. We particularly endeavour to encourage meaningful, in the moment connections between people that come as a result of working creatively. It is about engagement for all.