Art & Music Programs
Philanthropy Sparks Creativity
The arts stir the soul, and brain disease does not sever that connection. It cannot rob us of our humanity.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli and his wife, Veronica, understand this truth. That’s why they endowed the Rolando Brunelli Caregiver Program at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Named in honor of Veronica Bocelli’s grandfather, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, the program sponsors music, art, and other creative outlets that enhance the relationship between caregivers and patients.
Unleashing the Inner Van Gogh
Thanks to the Bocellis, NV Energy and other generous donors, arts programming flourishes at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, available at no cost to attendees. For example:
“Art Explorations – Art Therapy” offers an opportunity for cognitive stimulation and self-expression to individuals in the community with memory loss, who must be accompanied by a family member or friend. A board-certified art therapist plans an assignment for each class; then, let the art-making begin!
- Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month
“Conversations to Remember” fosters conversation and creative thinking among individuals with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Volunteer docents trained at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio facilitate interactive lectures around specific pieces of art, which often stirs happy memories.
- Time: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month
Both these programs are open at no charge to anyone living with memory loss. For each class, an RSVP is requested at 702.483.6055 or LouRuvoSocialServ@ccf.org.
The Learning Arts
The entire community is welcome to participate in a dialogue with educators and docents from museums and learning centers throughout North America, who come to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health through video conference. Each exchange offers the opportunity to learn something new in a friendly social setting. Join this group, The Learning Arts, and travel far and wide without leaving Las Vegas. Who knew education could be such fun?
Touching the Chord of Memory
Nothing evokes memories the way music does. A familiar tune can transport us back decades and revive past joys. Music therapy offers individuals with memory loss myriad benefits, including:
- Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Expanded language and communication skills
- Improved movement coordination, range of motion, and fine and gross motor skills
- Eased pain and discomfort
- Increased social interaction and emotional connection with family and caregivers
A board-certified and licensed music therapist leads the weekly sessions. Caregivers can choose to participate with their loved one, break away to attend a caregiver support group or simply take 90 minutes of downtime.
- Time: 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. each Monday
- Time: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. each Thursday
- RSVP required: 702.778.6702 or LouRuvoSocialServ@ccf.org
Here's what the Las Vegas Review Journal captured during a visit with our music therapist:
Every Little Bit Helps
Just $200 buys a year’s worth of art therapy sessions and $300 pays for a year’s worth of music therapy sessions for one person. Not everyone can write checks in those amounts, but keep in mind that smaller contributions add up quickly. We are grateful for your support in any denomination.