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Press Release                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Racine, WI     November 1, 2010

SPARK! Exhibit at the Racine Arts Council

Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss



In recognition of National Alzheimer's Awareness month, the Racine Art Museum has organized a small selection of 2 dimensional artwork created by SPARK! participants. On display November 5 through November 27, 2010 at the Racine Arts Council, this SPARK! exhibit will include watercolor and acrylic paintings, pastel drawings and collaged art pieces. Located at 316 Sixth Street, the Racine Arts Council is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, Noon - 4:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays, Noon - 7:00 pm.


SPARK! provides enriching experiences at both RAM downtown and RAM's Wustum Museum, including monthly hands-on art activities, art conversations, poetry, dance and movement. RAM is proud to be one of five Wisconsin museums to receive a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to fund the initiative to provide cultural programming for people with memory loss and their caregivers. The goal is to make RAM's collections and exhibitions more accessible to non-institutionalized people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's disease, as well as to their caregivers.

SPARK! Art Conversations at the Racine Art Museum

Tuesday, November 16 and

Tuesday, December 14

1:00 - 2:30 pm


SPARK! Art  Activities at RAM's Wustum Museum

Friday, November 12 and

Friday. December 17

10:00 - 11:30 am


In addition to the monthly programs at each museum, RAM offers three to four Family Day events at either location throughout the year. Family Days provide an opportunity for families of people with memory loss to spend an afternoon together in a safe and welcoming environment, engaging in conversation, art making and art movement while enjoying a musical performance.


The next SPARK! Family Day

Sunday, December 5

1:00 - 4:00 pm

at RAM's Wustum Museum located at

2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine


Please call 262.636.9573  for more information or to register for a SPARK! program.

The presentation of this exhibition at the Racine Arts Council is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., The Hearst Foundation, Inc. and Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Helen Bader Foundation, Inc, The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund and Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors - Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation and  Real Racine; Bronze Sponsors - Clifton Gunderson LLP, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Friends of Fiber Art International and Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group


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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For more information or to request images, please contact:

Laura Gillespie
RAM Marketing Assistant
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