When old words
die on the tongue
new melodies
spring from the heart
Rabindranat Tagore

It is a program aimed at persons with cognitive impairment or theonset of senility, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

It is based on Time slips, time flows, developed by Prof. Anne Basting, director of the "Center of Age and Community" at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee: a method that helps people with dementia to express themselves through the construction of stories utilizing images which aid in the expression and communication of these stories in a creative manner.

More and more people are becoming aware of how the arts can be used in a myriad of ways - with all ages and abilities , for rehabilitation or for self-awareness purposes, with the aim of improving health and well-being.

With Scintille, I propose a program combining the inspirational capacities of the Visual Arts with the explosive power of music as a potent evocative of deep emotional memories through song , in an exchange of evocative memories.
Song is expression, the combination and synthesis of music and words, whose musical aspect leads to reflect on tensiodystentional dynamics, traceable to the profound structure that involves man on a physical and psychological level with multiple effects and consequences, neurophysically, emotionally and cognitively.

Scintille wishes to encourage as many people as possible to approach Art, particularly those suffering from dementia, along with their families, in the relational , social and cultural scheme which we all need in order to thrive.
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Following the pilot project, Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the MASI - LAC Lugano, kicks off Scintille at the museum for Alzheimer's patients.

Scintille continues with three hospices at:

- MASILugano
- Pinacoteca Züst - Rancate
- Museo d'Arte - Mendrisio
- Fondazione d'Arte Erich Lindenberg c/o Museo Villa Pia - Porza
- Fondazione Braglia - Lugano
- Fondazione Giudici - Lugano
- Galleria Canesso - Lugano
- Five Gallery - Lugano
- Artrust - Melano