The Upper Valley Music Center presents chamber music in Kim Gallery.
Holiday treats await visitors at the museum's annual Holiday Open House.
July 11, 2007
Wednesday Evening Concert
The Upper Valley Music Center presented classical chamber music performed by senior members and graduates of their strings program.
Holiday Open House
This annual favorite was an opportunity to kick off the holiday season while surrounded by inspiring art.
Art and Alzheimer's
In 2006 the Hood and a local retirement community, Kendal at Hanover, initiated a collaboration to bring people who have Alzheimer's to the museum to view works of art. The idea was inspired by an article in the New York Times that described similar programs offered by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These museums and their partner organizations have found that engagement with the visual arts has a positive effect on people with memory impairment, often improving their moods and stimulating them to engage in conversation and creative interpretation and expression. Over the past two years, several groups from Kendal's Whittier residence who have memory impairment have visited the museum. The museum education department's inquiry-based approach to teaching is an excellent fit for the needs of this audience--staff members from both Kendal and the Hood have observed that tour participants have been highly engaged in viewing and discussing works of art. The Director of Social Services at Kendal and a colleague at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provided coaching about the nature of Alzheimer's, which helped the Hood staff plan the experience. While Curator of Education Lesley Wellman has led all of the tours so far, other members of the education staff and docents are being trained to work with this specialized audience so that we can continue this exciting collaboration.
Last Updated: 10/15/08