Volunteering with People with Dementia: Education Workshop

Organization: 

City of New Westminster, Arts Services; New Media Gallery

Deadline: 

Sept. 22, 2016

Organization Description: 

Anvil Centre is the showpiece civic facility located in the heart of the downtown New Westminster. Anvil Centre encompasses 84,000-square feet of interior space and includes: the New Media Gallery, the City’s Museum and Archives, multi-purpose art studios and rooms, theatre, conference and meeting facilities, and much more. 
New Media Gallery, located on the third floor of the Anvil Centre, is a contemporary, public art gallery dedicated to presenting inspiring & provocative new media art from around the world. New Media Gallery is committed to promoting knowledge and understanding and encouraging an ongoing love of contemporary art by developing innovative, engaging and diverse exhibitions; offering inventive and original programming and audience engagement; developing arts literacy and sharing the importance of art & culture in the community; building authentic relationships with the audience and artists represented; and engaging regionally, nationally and internationally to promote the gallery, the exhibiting artists and the City of New Westminster.

New Media Gallery, the Alzheimer’s Society of BC and the City of New Westminster Arts Services, present a new gallery tour program, The Persistence of Memory: New Media Gallery Alzheimer’s Project.

Each mind and body experiences aging differently. For people with Alzheimer’s disease, issues with memory, communication, comprehension and the ability to participate in day-to-day activities is greatly affected. For those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, along with their caregivers and families, the tours provide a feeling of community and togetherness, and an opportunity to engage with others who understand the changes happening to the brain.

Volunteer Opportunity Description: 

New Media Gallery, the Alzheimer’s Society of BC and the City of New Westminster Arts Services, present a new gallery tour program, The Persistence of Memory: New Media Gallery Alzheimer’s Project. Each mind and body experiences aging differently. For people with Alzheimer’s disease, issues with memory, communication, comprehension and the ability to participate in day-to-day activities is greatly affected. For those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, along with their caregivers and families, the tours provide a feeling of community and togetherness, and an opportunity to engage with others who understand the changes happening to the brain.

Volunteering with People with Dementia: Education Workshop

We are looking for volunteers for the Persistence of Memory program to lead participants on specialized tours. Designed to be inclusive and engaging, volunteers will help participants discover works in the NMG exhibitions through facilitated discussions, experiences and observations.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tour guide? The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia will be hosting an educational workshop designed to give you a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; communicating with a person with dementia; and dealing with some common situations that may arise. The goal is to help you gain the tools to feel more confident and effective in your volunteer role.

Responsibilities: 

- attend the Volunteering with People with Dementia: Education Workshop
- engage with the NMG exhibitions, themes and concepts
- work with NMG director/curators to develop tour scripts
- provide tours for people with Alzheimer's and other dementia, and their caregivers

Qualifications: 

- a background in Visual Arts, Education, Art History, Media Studies or equivalent is an asset.
- considerable knowledge of visual and new media arts and the arts community.
- experience teaching, facilitating workshops, or equivalent an asset.
- excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- interest in the intersection between art and health an asset.
- interest in improving the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, as well as their caregivers.
- ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts.
- must be able to successfully pass and maintain a criminal and police record check.

How to Apply: 

To register please contact Kristina Fiedrich, Arts Programmer at kfiedrich@newwestcity.ca or 604.515.3837

Contact Name: Kristina Fiedrich
Contact Email Address: kfiedrich@newwestcity.ca
Contact Phone: (604) 515-3837

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