FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lynn Sadoff, Senior Public Relations and Communications Specialist
Unique program shows healing power of the arts
(ST. PAUL, MN) -- The Capistrant Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at Bethesda Hospital, in partnership with The Northern Clay Center, is sponsoring a clay art class for Parkinson’s Disease patients (and their caregivers, family, or friends) Wednesday evenings, from April 7 through June 2, 2010. This innovative, hands-on program is being launched during Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2010.
These classes—people can choose to attend one or both of the four-week sessions—are designed to engage the healing power of the arts using the medium of clay. Whether patients were artists prior to their Parkinson’s diagnosis, or are simply interested in trying something new and creative in a fun, supportive, and relaxed atmosphere, this class allows participants to work on fine motor skills and hand strength.
Local professional artist Lucy Yogerst is the program instructor. She will teach individuals techniques such as pinching, coiling, and slab construction. Attendees can work alone or in collaboration with others; they will be offered the chance to create a wide range of pieces including clay tiles, mugs, bowls, masks, and vases.
Erin McGee, a Bethesda Hospital recreation therapist, says, “This is a chance for people to show that they can live well with Parkinson’s, successfully participating in everyday activities like this one and sharing the experience with someone they love.”
The first session runs April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2010 and the second session is scheduled for May 5, 19, 26, and June 2 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Bethesda Hospital, 559 Capitol Boulevard, St. Paul.
A nominal fee is being charged; space is limited and registration is available by calling 651-232-2258.
Bethesda Hospital, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH)
which treats more than 2,000 inpatients and outpatients each year who require intensive medical care following severe injury or illness. Areas of specialty services include respiratory care, brain injury services, complex medical care, and medical behavioral services as well as a concussion clinic and the Capistrant Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. The hospital’s mission is to help patients managing multiple medical conditions reinvent their lives as rich and meaningful and to empower them to overcome barriers and make the most of their abilities and talents. Bethesda Hospital has been providing compassionate care to the region for 127 years.
Artist Lucy Yogerst has maintained a studio in the Twin Cities since 1979. She has taught youth and adults at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and through several community education programs. Her functional pottery continues to be exhibited throughout the Twin Cities.