ArtMobile: Art that Heals on Wheels
Is a visiting community-engaged arts and aging program designed to reach under served older adult populations in Arizona and Florida. The program provides weekly, participatory art classes to individuals who would not have the opportunity to engage in a creative experience. A vehicular mobile “art cart” (van), is used to transport an artist, art supplies and arts curriculum customized to the needs, interests and abilities of the targeted senior communities and partnering organizations. The program partners with various healthcare and community human service organizations to facilitate art classes with individuals that are home-bound, bed-bound and group participants in independent living, assisted living, memory support and long-term care communities. Group workshops include visual art, pottery, movement, and music along with individual sessions in patient bedside and in home art.
Artmobile also partners with health and community centers to design and build supportive healing environments for their facilities. "Tiles of Compassion" ceramic healing wall and "The Garden of Oasis" healing garden are two projects the program created with the patients, their families and staff at a community hospital and a long-term care facility in Arizona.
Aimed toward fostering lifelong learning, ArtMobile bridges quality participatory art classes into communities to promote creative expression, social inclusion, well-being and quality of life.