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. We also have a large focus on Micrographia and have developed specific workshops to help patients improve their handwriting.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 their bond
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.
Our workshops have proven to enhance mood in people living with Parkinson's Disease. 44% of the time people with Parkinson (PWP) go from feeling sad before the start of our workshop to happy at the end of our workshop after they've completed their art. 43% of the time PWP go from feeling content before the start of our workshop to happy at the end of our workshop after they've completed their art. 10% of the time PWP go from feeling sad before the start of our workshop to content at the end of our workshop after they've completed their art.
We are also measuring the impact of creativity and movement on people living without Parkinson's.
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.
We programmed a Smile Through Art Workshop at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey. In partnership with APDA-NJ, are working on implementing an on-going series to start late 2018.
We're heading to New York to program a Smile Through Art Workshop in partnership with APDA-NY.
We attend walks and conferences and have various services to offer at these type of events from educational speeches to interactive activities for participants. Download our Informational Walk Flyer to find out how we can come to your next event! We also have annual exhibits that feature the work of people living with Parkinson's disease.
Locally and nationally, The Art Cart is an advocate for patients. We travel to every corner of the United States and internationally 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!