July 14, 2022

Christina Claassen, Marketing & PR Manager
Whatcom Museum
(360) 778-8936

Whatcom Museum Offers “Museum in Mind” Memory Care Program

The Whatcom Museum is excited to bring back its memory care program, Museum in Mind, after almost two years on hold due to the pandemic. Designed for individuals with early-stage memory loss or dementia and their caregivers, Museum in Mind includes an artwork discussion and art-making activity related to the current exhibition, “Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea.” The first program takes place Thurs., Aug. 9, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Museum’s Lightcatcher building.

The program focuses on the theme of identity, and participants, together with their caregivers, will be led through the gallery by a Museum educator to discuss artworks by artists such as Wendy Red Star, Christina Fernandez, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith and Angel Rodríguez-Díaz. After the gallery tour, participants will create identity collages in the art studio for a hands-on experience.

“The Museum is excited to bring back Museum in Mind in person this August,” says Museum educator Bridget Girnus. “We hope that through discussions around the artwork and a hands-on art making activity, participants will be able to share their own unique life experiences and can learn from each other’s personal perspectives. Museum in Mind is about increasing community and connectedness with each other through art.”

Registration to the program is $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members and includes both the participant and their caregiver. Eight spots are available with a maximum of 16 people with caregivers. A snack will be provided to participants. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Fund Three Pines Foundation and KBF Canada.

Registration is available on Eventbrite. Museum in Mind will be offered again on Tues., Nov. 8. More information will be posted on the website this fall. For more information about this program, contact Bridget Girnus at

About the Whatcom Museum:
The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, tours and activities about art, nature and Northwest history for all ages. Its multi-building campus is in the heart of Bellingham's downtown Arts District. The Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora St., and Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., are open Thursdays – Sundays, Noon – 5 PM. For more information about our exhibitions and admission visit

The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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