WPS Charitable Foundation sponsors SPARK!

The WPS Charitable Foundation is renewing its financial support for the SPARK! program at the Madison Children's Museum. The program provides an opportunity for adults with dementia and their care partners to enjoy the arts in a comfortable setting, guided by trained staff and volunteers.

Topics vary from month to month. For example, the theme in April was inkblot creatures. The project was intended to inspire creativity and allow the participants to explore their imaginations. The discussion centered on artwork from Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. The artwork was turned on its side and upside down and participants discussed what they saw in the paintings. Participants then chose an inkblot made with watercolor paints and they interpreted what it looked like. They then were able to outline and decorate the inkblot with markers.

Registration also can be made by calling 608-256-6445, ext. 156, at least 24 hours in advance. The museum is located at 100 N. Hamilton St. in downtown Madison.