SPARK! Memory Loss Program | Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Today’s hours: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
always free admission

SPARK! Memory Loss Program

What is SPARK!?

SPARK! is a cultural program for people with early- to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. SPARK! is located in museums, galleries, nature centers, and cultural venues across the United States and continues to expand into new communities.

SPARK! was originally inspired by the  Meet Me at MOMA program, a successful outreach effort at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and has continued to grow and foster engagement activities using sensory stimulants combined with visual art conversations, music, poetry,  hands-on art-making, movement, and creative performances. The inception of SPARK! began with a grant from The Helen Bader Foundation (now Bader Philanthropies Inc.) in 2009. The Bader Foundation’s Alzheimer’s and Aging program aims to make Wisconsin a leader, not just in how challenges posed by this disease are addressed, but in how growing older and the later stages of life are viewed. Through an emphasis on program development, applied research, and public policy, Bader Philanthropies strives to offer hope to families struggling with Alzheimer’s.

SPARK! programs welcome care partners to stay actively engaged in their communities while joining peers to experience art, culture, and nature in a comfortable environment with specially trained staff and volunteers. SPARK! programs typically last 60-90 minutes and group sizes average 20-25 participants. Attending a SPARK! program provides care partners an opportunity to be together IN THE MOMENT. The programs are not reminiscent nor do they rely on recalling memories, but rather focus on observations, conversations, and creative experiences. There are a variety of programs to fit every interest and comfort level. From art-making, singing, and drama to museum discussions, performances, and cooking – SPARK! offers something for everyone.

IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and Winnebago County Health Department, face masks are OPTIONAL inside Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass. Thank you for your support.

Q: When are SPARK! programs held at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass?

A: Every second Tuesday of the month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

SPARK! programming is being underwritten by Bader Philanthropies.

Upcoming SPARK! Programs

A Thousand Flowers T-shirts

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
10:30-12:00 PM CT
FREE
– Registration requested–space is limited

A significant portion of our paperweight collection are millefiori paperweights. “Millefiori” means “a thousand flowers” in Italian. We’ll use these paperweights as inspiration to design t-shirts. We will be designing with the students from our kids camps for a multigenerational experience.

Register at the bottom of this page, or call 920-751-4658.

Color Exploration Paintings

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
10:30-12:00 PM CT
FREE – Registration requested–space is limited

Join us as we explore color theory through the use of balloons and acrylic paint. The use of different colors can influence our emotions, our mood, and our behavior. Color theory is both the science and art of using color. It explains how humans perceive color; and the visual effects of how colors mix, match or contrast with each other. Color theory also involves the messages colors communicate; and the methods used to replicate color. Join us for snacks when you finish your project!

Register at the bottom of this page, or call 920-751-4658.

Docent Tour of Primordial Shift and the Art of Michael Meilahn: A Retrospective

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
10:30-12:00 PM CT
FREE – Registration requested–space is limited

Explore Primordial Shift and the Art of Michael Meilahn: A Retrospective with a docent guided tour. The creative force behind the project is Michael “Mick” Meilahn, who like others of his generation, learned glassmaking as a university student in Wisconsin in the 1970’s, and subsequently participated in the wave that became The American Studio Glass Movement. In the 20th Century, a paradigm shift occurred in genetics, when scientists discovered how to unravel genetic code; the genetic code itself, DNA; and the commodification of GMOs and implications for consumers. Meilahn’s installations are about the fragility of glass and genetic modification. They afford museum patrons the opportunity to experience the story of corn, its production, and agriculture from the perspective of this unique and amazingly talented and visionary artist. Join us for snacks when you finish your project!

Register at the bottom of this page, or call 920-751-4658.

Leaf Pop Art

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
10:30-12:00 PM CT
FREE – Registration requested–space is limited

Create your own one of a kind fall themed pop art masterpiece. We will explore the soon to be fall colored leaves and the pop art movement all at once. Pop art’s defining characteristics are recognizable imagery, bright colors and humor. Join us for snacks when you finish your project!

Register at the bottom of this page, or call 920-751-4658.

Marble Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
10:30-12:00 PM CT
FREE – Registration requested–space is limited

Discover the science and history behind the art of marbling. Marbling is the art of printing multi-colored swirled or stone-like patterns typically on paper or fabric. We will not be using paper or fabric, but instead small pumpkins. We will form patterns by first floating the colors on the surface of a liquid, and then dipping the pumpkin onto the colors to absorb them. Join us for snacks when you finish your project!

Register at the bottom of this page, or call 920-751-4658.

SPARK! Registration Form

Which SPARK! session will you be attending? You may check as many as you like at this time. You can also come back and register for future dates later. Only check a box if you plan to attend that date. This helps us plan our sessions for the right size audience. Thank you!

NOTE: There will be a slight delay and then a confirmation that your registration was sent. Thank you!