B Sharp Program & Masks

B Sharp- An Arts Engagement Program

In the United States, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and 65,000 of those live in Colorado. This number is estimated to more than triple by 2050. The Fort Collins Museum of Art is pleased to be a part of the B Sharp Arts Engagement Initiative in 2017.

Kaiser Permanente recognizes that a healthy community and a healthy environment are critical to the wellness of every person. That’s why we invest in our communities and are proud to support the B Sharp Program and its future inclusion of other arts engagement programs in our community. To this effort, Kaiser Permanente is part of a collaborative effort, including representatives from several local organizations, to bring arts engagement opportunities to those living with dementia along with their caregivers.

The B Sharp Program is an example of a community effort that required collaboration, communication and a commitment to creating a dementia-friendly community. While the original B Sharp Program was focused primarily on the effects of music, the B Sharp Expansion Project will stretch the program further, reaching more people and continuing the work of creating a dementia-friendly community.

The B Sharp Expansion Project will include:

·         a visual arts engagement MASKS project in partnership with the Fort Collins Museum of Art

·         the development of a B Sharp Tool Kit designed to bring the program to other northern Colorado communities, including a separate committee solely addressing the needs of the Greeley, CO community

·         a research project, studying the effects of arts engagement programs on those with dementia as well as their caregivers

·         a marketing and partnership development team to look for future alignment with other nonprofit organizations and business partners

·         the development of a long term strategy designed to ensure those living with dementia can access arts engagement resources into the future

Kaiser Permanente is proud to work alongside several outstanding community organizations on the B Sharp Expansion Project including:

·         Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter

·         Banner Health

·         Colorado State University

·         Dementia Friendly Communities

·         Fort Collins Museum of Art

·         Fort Collins Symphony

·         Home Instead

·         Larimer County Office on Aging

·         Seniors Helping Seniors

Kaiser Permanente is here to spread healthy working, living, and playing throughout Colorado and here in this community.