Art Project Helps Those With Alzheimer’s
The Advocacy Art Project, a charitable program sponsored by United Charitable Programs (UCP), is inspiring hope in Alzheimer’s patients by sharing ‘Discovery Art Cards’.
Online PR News – 20-October-2012 – Richfield, MN – When Sheila Van Houten’s mother and father passed away, it inspired her to become an artist and help those who are suffering from illnesses. Her mother was an artist, and her father was a photographer, so with their talents and inspiration, Van Houten developed her own artistic ability.
She created a series of art cards containing photographs of paintings she created herself. Van Houten began sharing those art cards with patients of all illnesses, but saw dramatic results particularly with those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Van Houten is the Program Manager of the Advocacy Art Project, sponsored by UCP. She started the charitable program in late 2010. Van Houten’s passion for life has been key in helping others find meaning in their own lives. Through the Advocacy Art Project, Van Houten hopes to lift the spirits, emotions, and general well-being of patients of all ailments, particularly those with Alzheimer’s, by sharing her art therapy cards. Her project’s mission is to distribute these cards to those in need.
The images displayed on the therapy art cards are known as “discovery art.” The discovery art are of images that Van Houten has painted herself reduced to a postcard size fine-art print. Discovery art is much like abstract art, as the images are not deliberately painted; instead they are up to the viewer’s imagination to interpret.
Van Houten is currently working on placing her discovery art in a PowerPoint presentation format that will be placed on USB flash drives. This method will make it easier to distribute, and a convenient tool for therapists to use in larger group settings.
Advocacy Art Project is sponsored by UCP, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor of active charitable programs. Through UCP, Van Houten is able to focus solely on her program’s charitable mission, rather than on the administrative burdens that an independent nonprofit can have. All donations to Advocacy Art Project are tax-deductible. For more information about Advocacy Art Project, please visit their website at www.DiscoveryArt.Info.
UCP's mission is to empower people to help others by fiscally sponsoring targeted charitable programs that effect positive change through charitable, educational, scientific, or religious actions worldwide. UCP programs vary in size, budget and scope, but all share the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. For more information about UCP and fiscal sponsorship, please visit www.UnitedCharitablePrograms.org.
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