The Art in the Moment

Enhancing communication for people with cognitive disabilities!

Providing  a novel way to connect and exchange ideas with those you love.  Geared toward people with early memory loss and cognitive disabilities.

Available now through the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store for tablet users.


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The act of observing, talking about and creating art is an alternative way for older adults with dementia to communicate and reflect on their life experiences, and to be actively and fully engaged in the present moment with loved ones and caregivers. Based on The Museum of Modern Art’s Alzheimer’s Project, Meet Me at MoMA, Art in the Moment is a unique CJE program designed specifically for older adults with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers to spark creative dialogue and nurture positive interactions. The Art in the Moment app, made possible with funding from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and developed by SchwarTech Consulting LLC, uses selected works of art found in The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection to stimulate users’ minds through posed questions (audibly and visually) while viewing works of art on the device, and even encourages users to engage in a related art-making activity on their own, similar to the actual program held at The Art Institute of Chicago.

In the mobile app, works of art are arranged by themes, or modules, such as “Celebrations,” in which app users can explore how various celebrations have been depicted in art—from elaborate festivities to public gatherings to spontaneous, private celebrations—and reminds viewers of the many opportunities we have to applaud life as we live it.

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Art in the Moment is a 2016 winner of the Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services.

Download study results of  the effects of Art In the Moment Program on participating Older Adults, conducted by CJE's Leonard Schanfield Research Institute