ECA's Dementia-Inclusive Series

ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series launched in October 2015, and has developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, eldercare and memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region. With the mission to create opportunities for people with memory loss and their care partners to connect and experience joy through the arts, ECA is committed to providing a space where community members with dementia feel welcome and valued; where their creative contributions are celebrated; and where quality time can be spent with families and care partners.

ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series 2016/17 brochure.

2016-2017 Workshops


Friendly Folk Dance
Mondays, Nov. 7-28, 2016 | 10:00-11:30 am
Admission: $5 Regular/$2 Arts for Everyone (All 4 classes for $15/person)
Location: Edmonds Senior Center
Please call the ECA Box Office to register 425.275.9595

Silver Kite Community Arts invites participants to “travel the world” by learning a variety of folk dances from France, Greece, Russia, West Polynesia (Rarotonga/Cook Islands), Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Aztec cultures. Seated dance options available.


Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation & Play
Mondays, Feb. 13-27, Mar. 6, 2017 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Admission $5/$2 Arts for Everyone (All 4 classes for $15/person)
Please call the ECA Box Office to register 425.275.9595

Through improvisation and theatre games, Taproot Theatre leads classes that tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss (ESML) and care partners. No memory requirement, just the delight of participating in an experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment.


Golden Era Sing-Along: On the Road!
Available for group bookings at local assisted living facilities, pending availability.
October 2016-April 207 | Free of charge

Get ready for ECA’s Golden Era Sing-Along to hit the road! This guided tour of musical memories will travel to local assisted living facilities, in an effort to engage members of our community for whom a trip to ECA may present a challenge. With an ECA host, your residents will take a trip over the rainbow to enjoy great television, film and concert performances by legendary performers of yesteryear. This program is presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

With special thanks to the Anne & Mary Arts & Environment Education Fund.

Dementia-Inclusive Films

Wizard of Oz (1939)
October 15, 2016 | 10:00 am
Tickets $10/$2 Arts for Everyone
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Show Boat (1951)
January 28, 2017 | 10:00 am
Tickets $10/$2 Arts for Everyone
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Snow White (1916)
April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am
With live accompaniment by Leslie McMichael (harp) and Barbara McMichael (viola)
Tickets $10/$2 Arts for Everyone
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Dementia-Inclusive films are presented as informal theatre experiences. Audience members will be made aware that some patrons may talk or get up during the film – which is OK. Theatre house lights are left on low so the audience can see and move around if necessary. Although these programs are designed with accessibility for patrons with memory loss as a priority, events are open and welcome to an all-ages audience. In particular, the series presents an opportunity for younger family members, grandchildren and friends to spend time with elders in an intergenerational setting, and to connect over classic films.

For more information about ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series, please contact Gillian Jones, Director of Programming, at or 425.275.9483.


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