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July 08, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

I’m Still Here Foundation’s It Takes a Village Alzheimer’s program awarded $100,000

Sean Caulfield (L), Creative Director and John Zeisel (R), President, of the I’m Still Here Foundation, with William Cummings, President, Cummings Foundation, at the ”$100K for 100” grantee reception.

Woburn, MA – The I’m Still Here Foundation is delighted to announce that its It Takes a Village program has been awarded a Cummings Foundation “100K for 100” grant for 2013-2015. It Takes a Village creates inclusive community based arts & culture opportunities for persons with dementia and their care partners, employing the Foundation’s proven ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s approach. The It Takes a Village program originated in Brookline under the guidance of the Foundation’s Creative Director Sean Caulfield with a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation. The Cummings Foundation’s funding will support the program expanding to Roxbury and Watertown. In each “Village” community, arts, civic, business, and social service organizations partner to host regular interactive-engagement events that enable persons with dementia to remain in the community for years longer than would be expected. The multi-year Cummings Foundation grant will enable It Takes a Village-Roxbury and It Takes a Village-Watertown to host local educational seminars and training sessions for volunteers, organizational partners, artists, and care partners.

Speaking to the Cummings Foundation grant, Dr. John Zeisel, President of the I’m Still Here Foundation, commented: “This Cummings Foundation award enables our ARTZ and It Takes a Village programs to directly impact the quality of life for people affected by dementia and their care partners in and around Boston. We are honored to be among the highly respected organizations singled out for this award.  This award inspires all of us at the I’m Still Here Foundation to keep pushing the envelope for culture change for those with dementia and their loved ones.”

 

Press Contact:

Tracy Conneely

I’m Still Here Foundation

Conneely@TheHearth.org   

781.305.7102

Cummings Foundation:

www.CummingsFoundation.org