Frye Art Museum

here:now – Arts Engagement for Individuals Living with Dementia

here:now is an arts-engagement program of the Frye Art Museum for individuals living with dementia and their care partners to enjoy a creative and relaxing afternoon together. The only museum-based arts program of its kind in Washington State, here:now offers gallery tours and art-making classes designed for individuals with young-onset or early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. The Frye Art Museum also presents professional development workshops, conferences, and lectures on the topic of art, creativity, and dementia.

here:now is expanding to offer Meet Me at the Movies, an interactive film experience, and new program components to serve individuals as their disease progresses. The expansion is guided by an advisory committee of community advocates and leaders in gerontology, neuropsychology, creative aging, and memory care.

Gallery Tours

Each month specially trained museum educators and gallery guides lead a discussion-based tour highlighting works of art in the Frye galleries. Conversation creates an exchange of ideas without relying on short-term memory or recall of art historical information. Tours also include in-gallery activities.

Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

This six-session class offers conversation-based gallery tours and studio art-making experiences for individuals with dementia and their care partners. Art-making in the Frye Studio encourages experimentation with various media including watercolor paint, clay, and collage. A short social time concludes each class.

Upcoming Events

Twice Monthly
here:now Gallery Tour
See event page for upcoming dates.

Select Wednesdays, September 10 – October 15
here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

Select Saturdays, October 25 – August 1
Meet Me at the Movies

Select Wednesdays, November 5 – December 17
here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

Select Wednesdays, January 14 – February 25
here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

here:now was developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western and Central Washington Chapter and Elderwise and is made possible by the Frye Foundation, The Richard M. and Maude M. Ferry Charitable Foundation, power2give presented by ArtsFund, Riddell Williams P.S., Aging Wisdom, The PRCN Foundation, and by the support of members and donors.


here:now programs are free. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 206 432 8211 or email

More Information

Advisory Committee

Dr. Lee Burnside
Gerontologist, University of Washington Department of Gerontology

Mary Alison Haskin
Community Consultant

Rebecca Logsdon
Research Professor, University of Washington School of Nursing, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health

Lisa Mayfield
Founder, Aging Wisdom

Kavan Peterson
Editor and Co-Founder,

Keri Pollock
Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives, University of Washington School of Nursing

Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads
Director, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology; Co-Director, Memory Wellness Clinic, Virginia Mason Medical Center Neurosciences Institute Center

Roger Stocker
Community Advocate