This Creative Dementia Arts Network Training Day wasn’t brilliant timing, as I really wanted to concentrate on the Final Show but I felt I couldn’t afford to miss it. I’d already passed -by any involvement with the Flourish mentoring Programme. Clare Carswell was there from Lights Up, who I’ve worked with in the past see below and several other community artists I know who work with people with dementia.
It was a really valuable day including roundtable sessions on Evaluation in Arts and Dementia Projects with Dr Kate Hamblin from the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, and Funding and Opportunities from Maria Parsons CDAN CEO.
I also went along to a session with poet, John Killick of Dementia Positive, which proved extremely useful as we had a fascinating discussion about the difference between reading aloud, printed text, handwritten text, storytelling and how he creates his poems from fragments of conversation.
He also talked about the experience of FLOW, a psychological notion which Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi describes as the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake, see this TED Talk