A Creativity and Movement Program for people living with Parkinson's Disease!
The creativity portion of our workshop has been developed taking into account several symptoms of Parkinson's Disease including loss of fine motor control, rigidity, and tremors. Each workshop focuses on a different symptom and how methods of art can help alleviate and counteract the symptom. Our workshops are supported by research that has been published in the Journal of Alzhiemer's Disease and Parkinsonism.
Did you know the "inability to Smile" is a symptom of various neurological conditions including Parkinson's Disease?
Our workshops are developed to spread smiles through creativity and movement. Our SMILE acronym-Seize Your Day, Make Positive Memories, Inspire Yourself and Others, and Promote a Healthy Environment. We encourage the involvement of a family member or caregiver to re-build the relationship and overcome the everyday struggles that come with PD.
The movement portion of our workshop focuses on developing fine and gross motor skills while promoting a healthy environment. Through exercises and activities participants are challenged both physically and mentally promoting stimulation in both sides of their brain. Our workshops foster growth in a motivating environment that increases confidence and mood.
Where it all began! In 2013 we partnered with the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter and since have brought our program to 13 cities in MA!
In 2015, we planned three workshops in Rhode Island. We will be returning to Rhode Island in 2018!
We were selected to present a Renewal Room and present our preliminary research at The World Parkinsons Congress in 2016.
We were invited to attend and present our Smile Through Art Workshop at the APDA-Iowa Conference in 2017.
We were invited to attend and present at the Ponies for Parkinson's event sponsored by Parkinson's International.
In partnership with APDA-CT we brought our Smile Through Art Workshop to West Hartford, CT.
Locally and nationally, The Art Cart is an advocate for patients. We travel to every corner of the United States to help patients and families improve their lives through creativity and movement. Contact us to find out how we can come to your city, state, or country!