Frye Art Museum

here:now – Arts Engagement for Individuals Living with Dementia

here:now is an arts-engagement program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners to enjoy a creative and relaxing time 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.

Over the next two years the Frye is piloting new program components to serve individuals as their disease progresses. The museum will also convene a professional development conference and workshop on art, creativity and dementia care; establish a student internship in creative aging with a local university; and publish a report and present the results of the program pilot at conferences. An advisory committee of community advocates and leaders in gerontology, neuropsychology, creative aging, and memory care guides the expansion.

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, March 25 – April 29
here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

Select Wednesdays, May 20 – June 17
here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

Select Wednesdays, September 16 – October 21
here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour

Select Wednesdays, November 4 – December 16
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 in part by the Frye Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-20-14-0283-14, 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 8265 or email