The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page.

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Date(s) - 23 Feb, 2016
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Santa Fe History Museum

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To be or not to be- that is the question:

The Community-in-Residence Program

Opens a Creative Door to People with Memory Loss

Join local arts organizations and Gary Glazner, founder of the internationally acclaimed

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, for a fun-filled morning of creating poetry and song inspired by

The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page.

This event is crafted especially for people with memory illnesses and their care partners, though everyone is welcome to participate. Tuesday, February 23, 10 am: Community-in-Residence at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, in Santa Fe. Free.

In this Community-in-Residence event we explore Shakespeare’s famous quotes in an hour-long session of creativity, playfulness and learning. We will create a performance inspired by his Shakespeare’s work.

Community-in-Residence builds on the concept of an artist-in-residence program, which typically invites artists, poets, musicians, academicians, curators, and all manner of creative people, to enjoy a time and space away from the usual environment and obligations. Sessions will use pieces of artwork to spark thoughts and memories from the participants, who will create music, poetry, stories and, sometimes, artwork of their own.

Past Community-in-Residence events have taken place in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; Museum of International Folk Art; New Mexico History Museum; Santa Fe Opera and SITE Santa Fe.

Participating organizations include the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Lifesongs, Santa Fe Care Center, Vista Living, and the Alzheimer’s Creativity Project.

Worldwide, more than 65 million people live with Alzheimer’s or related dementia illnesses. Increasing research shows that creative arts therapies can help foster engagement, mental stimulation, conversation, self-esteem and self-expression, as well as cope with behavioral challenges and improve overall well-being.

Partially funded by the Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. Special thanks to everyone at the Academy for the Love of Learning  and the New Mexico History Museum for their support. 

Media contacts:

Gary Glazner, executive director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, (505) 577-2250,

Kate Nelson, Marketing Manager, New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors,                        

(505) 476-5019 and (505) 554-5722 (c),