Arts in Mind

Arts in Mind (AIM) provides free arts engagements for adults living with mild to moderate dementia and their care partner to create art, find community, share experiences and be well. Programs are free to attend and provided onsite at the Mesa Arts Center in one of our state of the art studio classrooms. Classes are typically 60-90 minutes in length, and include an introduction, hands on orientation, and time for both the caregiver and loved one to complete a project. Participants will be assisted by classroom volunteers and the teaching artists. Enjoy free and tasty refreshments each class session too! Participants are asked to please complete a pre and post survey about their experience on the first and last day of class to help measure program success. 


Benefits of arts participation for adults living with dementia can include: 

  • Increased engagement and alertness. 

  • Improved sense of well-being. 

  • Positive effect on physical, mental and social health. 

  • Helps build companionship. 


To Register: 

Please contact our Engagement Staff at or call Pamela Iriqui 480.644.6621. There is NO fee for participation. Call early, as capacity is limited. 


 Developed in partnership with Banner Alzheimer's Institute.


Use the questions below to determine if Arts in Mind would be a good fit: 

  • Does your loved one live primarily at home?
  • Has he or she been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementia by a health-care professional?


If so, is he or she in the mild to moderate stages? Symptoms may include:

  • A difficulty with short-term memory, word-finding, and repetitive questions.
  • A decline in ability to plan, organize or perform complex tasks such as managing finances or household chores or needing help with everyday tasks.
  • Is he or she able to maintain focus and engage in a 90-minute program? 
  • Can he or she express thoughts and feelings in conversation?
  • Is he or she comfortable in a group setting?
  • Does he or she have a care partner with whom to attend the series?
  • Are both of you available on weekday mornings or afternoons to attend all programs in a series?


 If you answered yes to all of these questions, Arts in Mind could be a great program for you and your loved one!