The origins of the foundations I’m Still Here programs are found in ARTZ and It Takes A Village (ITAV) – a series of community-based opportunities to engage Persons Living With Dementia (those with the condition, their caregivers, and family members) in the community and community activities. These legacy programs have been named the Caulfield Programs in memory of Sean Caulfield, the originator of ARTZ and ITAV initiatives.

Started in the 2000s, ARTZ programs have been successfully sponsored and initiated in communities here and abroad. Many are ongoing independently of the Foundation that inspired them. Moreover, each new program and activity has been evaluated and scientifically assessed (see Feedback and Measurement) to generate evidence of effectiveness and success in inspiring those with dementia symptoms and their caregivers to stay in touch with — and take enjoyment from — the world around them.

ARTZ programs include the following:

Meet Me at the Movies

Meet Me at the Movies and Make Memories utilizes iconic film clips and group discussion to bring about reminiscence and self-expression. This program demonstrates how film can be a form of treatment for some of the symptoms associated with dementia. Cinema has an amazing power to connect us with our deep-rooted emotional memories – the kind that never leaves us.

Meet Me at the Museum

ARTZ designed and facilitated weekly museum experiences at approximately twenty museums in the U.S. Each museum partner has a unique collection that offers novel ways of tapping into the emotional memories of participants, Museums in the US and Europe are continuing the program and applying I’m Still Here principles.

ARTZ and Science

Through research and direct observation, ARTZ has established that art experiences can significantly reduce certain psycho-behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. Working within the scientific community, we seek to find new ways to look at Alzheimer’s and find common-sense solutions that enhance lives.

ARTZ Cultural Events

ARTZ inspired many community-based programs, including Meet Me at the Movies (Tribeca Film Institute and Coolidge Corner Theatre); Meet Me at the Museum (Museum of Modern Art, NYC); Alzheimer’s Poetry Day (Bowery Poetry Club); and Vaudeville Caravan (Big Apple Circus).

Artists in Residence

ARTZ has invited artists working in all mediums to develop original projects that give voice to the visiting artist and the participants. Many artists have taken their projects into memory care residences and given pleasure and comfort to residents and staff.