Connections: Building Partnerships with Museums to Promote Intergenerational Service Learning and Alzheimer’s Care

Catherine Wilkins


This article reflects upon the development of Connections, a service-learning collaboration between a Research I university and an urban art museum that trains students to work with patient groups from the community using Visual Thinking Strategies. This method of art exploration helps people with Alzheimer’s disease express memories and relieve anxiety. In describing the collaboration, instructional design, and ongoing research, this reflection seeks to encourage educators to partner with museums for intergenerational service-learning experiences.


Art therapy, dementia, undergraduate research, community engagement, pedagogy

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