Artists of a Certain Age
BAAMBOOMERS is a new senior arts program concept to be launched in three phases. Phase I will consist of a Program Planning Project including literature and empirical research to determine the current status of elder art programs, such as senior arts workshops, museum visit programs, etc., Phase II of the project will consist of the selection and launch of pilot projects that will implement and test several different art and wellness program models. In Phase III, in conjunction with its assistance to and evaluation of the projects and models, BAAM will use all of its resources – including its newsletters, publications, regional conferences, webinars, media coverage, and other tools – to promote effective, high-quality, and broad-based replication of effective models. BAAM itself will fully support the costs of promoting and replicating BAAMBOOMERS projects throughout the nation.
Co-founder Nancy Holter’s mother was diagnosed with dementia in the mid 1990s. At that time, Nancy supported herself as an artist and mother by working with mentally challenged youth and adults, including two years as a nurses aid in a Alzheimer’s and dementia hospital ward. She subsequently became a certified medical technician and worked for two residential group homes with patients suffering with dementia, schizophrenia and psychosis, before managing an Alzheimer’s group home for two years.
Since 2012, when co-founder Dennis Sykes’ father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he has been deeply invested in exploring ways to improve the quality of life for our elders who face sociological as well as medical challenges to their well being.