McCormick Home to Hold Annual Resident Art Exhibit
McCormick Home will be hosting its ninth annual art therapy show from May 15 to 17, 2015, featuring art produced by McCormick Home residents.
Entitled “Art and Soul,” this year’s show will open on Friday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Great Room at McCormick Home. Members of the public are welcome to attend. This year’s show will feature several pieces of art, including acrylic and watercolour paintings, pencil work, and paper and silk dyes.
McCormick Home offers group and individual art therapy programs. Regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities, all residents are welcome to participate. For many members, this is the first time they have had a chance to engage in art for expression and enjoyment.
The home’s art program includes both group therapy as well as individual sessions, which began four years ago thanks to a grant contribution sponsored by Westminster College Foundation.
“We continue to be impressed at the outpouring of expression in all the pieces,” says Wanda Sawicki, who provides the home’s one-on-one art therapy. “It can sometimes take a significant effort for an individual to connect through their art, but the results have shown an incredible effect on a person’s emotional well-being.”
The program is also funded by donations to the McCormick Home Foundation, which supports enhanced life enrichment programs and activities for the residents of McCormick Home and clients of Alzheimer Outreach Services, including the art therapy program.
McCormick Home is a 160-bed non-profit long-term care facility established in London by the WCA in 1892. It has a proud history of providing high quality care for seniors and others requiring long-term care. It is also the home of Alzheimer Outreach Services, which has provided quality care to individuals with Alzheimer disease and related dementias and to their caregivers for more than 25 years.