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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     July 16, 2009
The Racine Art Museum Receives Grant from the Helen Bader Foundation's Alzheimer's and Aging Program

The Racine Art Museum (RAM) is pleased to be one of five Wisconsin museums to receive a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to fund the planning portion of a new initiative through its Alzheimer's and Aging program area. The new initiative is entitled Museum-Based Partnerships for Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease. The initiative is modeled after Meet Me at MOMA, a successful outreach effort at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The goal is to make these museums' artistic, cultural or historic collections, and special exhibitions, more accessible to non-institutionalized people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as their caregivers.

RAM will be working with the Racine County Aging and Disabilities Resource Center to plan a series of cultural experiences at the museum. These may include scheduled gallery times and hands-on programs exclusively for this target population. RAM will be eligible for additional support in June 2010 to fully execute and embed the program within the museum.

The Helen Bader Foundation's Alzheimer's and Aging program area aims to make Wisconsin a leader, not just in how challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease are
addressed, but in how growing older and the later stages of life are viewed. Through an emphasis on program development, applied research, and public policy, the Foundation strives to offer hope to families struggling with Alzheimer's. In the broader interest of healthy aging, the Foundation supports education and training efforts that raise the capacity of professionals and volunteers who serve our older adults. In 2008, the Helen Bader Foundation grew its Alzheimer's and Aging program efforts by awarding 48 new grants totaling $1,547,383.

Besides Alzheimer's and aging, the Helen Bader Foundation assists a myriad of programs in Wisconsin and Israel that focus on economic development, youth
development, and Jewish life and learning. Since 1992, the Helen Bader Foundation has awarded more than $179 million in grants and $10 million in program related investments.

Together, the two campuses of the Racine Art Museum, RAM in downtown Racine at 441 Main Street and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, seek to elevate the stature of contemporary crafts to that of fine art by exhibiting significant works in craft media with painting, sculpture and photography, while providing outstanding educational art programming.

Docent led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available. Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum, are open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and are closed Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. RAM is open Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm, while Wustum is closed Sundays. An admission fee of $5 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors, applies at RAM. Admission to Wustum is free. Members are always admitted without charge to either campus.

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