Bringing Art to Life

Bringing Art to Life seeks to continue a dialogue about how art can be used to enhance the lives and care of people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. 

The exhibit will look at art and design as expressive therapies for the neurodegenerative patient, as well as techniques to enhance the effectiveness of caregiving. The exhibit will feature works of art by Alzheimer's patient Lester E. Potts, Jr. and poetry by his son, neurologist Daniel C. Potts, MD. Lester Potts was a saw miller who became a water-color artist while struggling with Alzheimer's. Dr. Potts created poetry to coincide with his father's artwork, and has offered insight into the meaning behind his father's works. Research by Dr. Elizabeth Barber will also be featured in the exhibit; Dr. Barber has studied and implemented how artwork and interior design can help motivate and provide a beneficial neurological environment especially for people with Parkinson's and ease the lives of both patients and their caretakers. 

Starting at 6:30 pm, there will be a series of short talks and panel discussion on the exhibit and related research. Neurologist Dr. Daniel C. Potts will give a presentation on the neurological benefits of art therapy and the programs he has set up to continue this work. Dr. Elizabeth Barber will speak on the benefits of viewing art and implementing interior design. The speakers' panel will also include distinguished AD and PD physicians with experience of patient art therapy, and a local art therapist. The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will provide resources as well as registration for clinical trials. 

Bringing Art to Life
Expressive Art and Design in Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Patient Care
Exhibit Runs June 2-26
Opening Friday, June 5, 6-9 pm
National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago
175 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
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