Bringing Art to Life: Students Get Creative with Alzheimer’s Patients

Cognitive Dynamics partners with the University of Alabama in the “Bringing Art to Life” Initiative

Tuscaloosa, AL, September 17, 2011 --( Cognitive Dynamics Foundation, is proud to announce it has partnered with the University of Alabama Honors College to extend Bringing Art to Life, Cognitive Dynamics’ innovative program mixing Art Therapy education with real world experience.

Currently in its second semester in Alabama, and available for other colleges and universities nationwide, the Bringing Art to Life initiative was designed to give qualified students practical first experience delivering art therapy to Alzheimer’s patients. Each semester students taking the Art to Life course are given the opportunity to work off campus with families and persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

At the University of Alabama Honors College, students enrolled in the course are assigned with selected participants with early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Registered art therapist, Karen Gibbons, MFT, ATR will assist students in their process. In addition to providing art therapy interventions, the students are conducting research aimed at validating the benefits of art therapy when used with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bringing Art to Life initiative was piloted in Perry County, AL in the spring of 2011. Along with the University of Alabama Honors College and Cognitive Dynamics, the pilot was made possible with the additional participation of VSA Arts of Alabama and Sowing Seeds of Hope Foundation. As a result of the new partnership, the program is now scheduled to continue in Alabama.

Dr. Daniel C. Potts, MD, Founder and President of Cognitive Dynamics, states, “I’ve seen the amazing benefits art therapy can bring to Alzheimer’s sufferers but it’s clear we need more trained practitioners and more scientific research to prove what we’re seeing. Cognitive Dynamics mission is to address both of those needs. Thanks to programs like, Bringing Art to Life, we’re proudly making clear progress in both training and research.”

Bringing Art to Life is now available for colleges and universities throughout the country. It is an ideal opportunity for academic departments in religion and spirituality, social work, art therapy, geriatric and psychology interests.

About Cognitive Dynamics
Cognitive Dynamics, Inc. was founded in 2010 by American Academy of Neurology-recognized advocate, Dr. Daniel C. Potts, MD as a way to advance research and improve the quality of life for dementia patients and caregivers through innovative approaches incorporating the expressive arts. Cognitive Dynamic’s mission is to improve the quality of life of patients with cognitive disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease) through education, research, and support of innovative care models. The foundation aims to promote human dignity, especially through therapies employing Expressive Arts Therapy.

Angel Duncan
Executive Director, Cognitive Connections

Related materials:
Video file:
Alabama Public Television, “For the Record: Dementia.”

Cognitive Dynamics, Inc.
Angel Duncan