Sean Caulfield's Alzheimer's advocacy developed from his early experience as a care partner. Prior to
co-founding ARTZ, he had served as an Executive Director of an Alzheimer’s residential program and as a support group facilitator for Alzheimer’s care partners in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2005 Sean collaborated in the writing of I’m Still Here, a play about a family’s trials at learning of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The play was performed in Boston, New York City, and Connecticut. In 2005 he helped organize a traveling exhibition of art created by people living with Alzheimer's. Entitled, I’m Still Here: Alzheimer’s and Creative Expression, the exhibition made its debut at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with further showings at Banner Health Hospitals in Arizona, the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Merck Research Laboratories in Boston, the International Health Aging Conference in Portugal, and the 2008 EU Conference on Alzheimer’s in Paris, France.
Sean co-developed the training, research, planning, and implementation of Alzheimer’s-specific museum tours at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The project, three years in the making, was open to the public in January of 2006 and is now a permanent part of MoMA’s Community & Access programs.
Sean frequently lectures on art, creativity, and Alzheimer’s at museums, hospitals, universities, and community agencies throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has been a keynote speaker for the
Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County, New York, and has led workshops at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Map through the Maze conference in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York City, and New Jersey. He most recently facilitated a workshop on 'Art, Alzheimer's, & Creativity' at the 1st Annual UK Arts & Dementia Conference at St. Hilda's College in Oxford.
Sean is a contributing author to Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults: A Guide to the Use and Development of Community-Based Programs; Hartman-Stein, Paula E.; LaRue, Asenath (Eds.); Springer Books, 2011; Chapter 19, Art, Museums & Culture, pp. 301 – 326
Sean holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an Ed.M. (Arts in Education) from Harvard University.
You can contact Sean via email at Caulfield@ArtzAlz.org