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Mayo Arts Service

Azure Dementia Inclusive Training

Background to The Azure Project: The Azure project is based on a collaboration between Age & Opportunity, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) who are working toward greater inclusion of people with dementia in an Irish cultural context. 

Ethos: The Azure ethos is one of inclusivity, and continued development of best practice in this regard. Its primary objective is to reduce the barriers experienced by people with dementia and their carers in accessing cultural organisations and to ensure that every aspect of their engagement with these organisations is sensitive to their needs. The health and wellbeing benefits of participation in the arts are valued by Azure as positive by-products of the main aim of increasing access by people with dementia to cultural activities.

Mayo Arts Service did a call out for artists based in Mayo that are interested in working with person's living with dementia and their carers/family. The training will provide guidance on how to deliver a dementia inclusive tour of an exhibition where the person living with dementia and their carer/family can participate. 

The experience of a dementia inclusive gallery tour is quite magical.  Each person has a chance to voice their opinion on the work on display in front of them, what they see, what it makes them feel is expressed.  Each participant gets to contribute and hear from their fellow peers.  

This project is an initiative of Mayo County Council's Arts Service in partnership with Age & Opportunity, under the Creative Ireland Programme in response to the Positive Ageing and Creative Wellbeing challenge fund. In collaboration with Mayo Age Friendly, Community Action on Dementia West, Healthy Ireland, Custom House Studios and Mayo Arts Venues.

This initiative is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council, Age & Opportunity and Creative Ireland. 

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