“It Feels Like Freedom..” When Creativity Transcends a Diagnosis

“Through the program she has rediscovered what it feels like to be inspired, to be freed-for a time-from the everyday bonds of illness and provided with the liberty to make her own choices, a rare commodity for someone living with a chronic illness such as dementia,” said City Suburban News in an article titled “The Philadelphia Foundation Hosts Inspiring Exhibition of Art Created by Individuals Living with Dementia”. This quote is about one of our York Nursing and Rehabilitation residents, Ms. Sylvia McNeil, who has dementia and finds art to be a therapeutic activity. Ms. McNeil is one of many resident artists involved with the ARTZ Philadelphia program which introduces art into long term care facilities in the community. Most artists are living with memory loss, dementia and chronic illness. Ms. McNeil’s artwork, along with two dozen other works of watercolors, acrylics, paintings, etc., will be on exhibit with The Philadelphia Foundation in partnership with ARTZ Philadelphia from September 17, 2018 through January 25, 2019. Please check out “It Feels like Freedom” exhibit inspired by Ms. McNeil at the Community Art Gallery of The Philadelphia Foundation, located at 1835 Market St., Suite 2410.

There will also be a private reception held on Wednesday, October 24th from 1:30-3 p.m. for artists and their families and friends at The Philadelphia Foundation Community Arts Gallery.

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