FREE caregiver/care recipient program starting on Sept. 26th. The 7 week program coming up that provides a writing workshop for caregivers provided by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Program; at the same time, their loved ones participate in an art workshop led by Mobile Art. The program is open to family members caring for someone with age related illnesses and/or memory loss and/or dementi. 
The workshops will take place on Saturdays, 1:30-3:pm at the AGE of Central Texas building,  September 26th, through November 14th.  A second group will go through the workshops in January. The art and writing produced in both workshops will be published in a hard-bound, full-color anthology — each participant will receive a free copy and we’ll celebrate with an art exhibit, reading, and book launch party in May 2016. To register they should contact Library Foundation Programs Manager Cecily Sailer at (512) 542-0076 or csailer@austinlibrary.org. For more info visit http://www.austinlibrary.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Upcoming_Workshops

The Mobile Art Program delivers art activities to seniors and adults with disabilities living in Austin, Texas. MAP provides people with ways to cope with what is happening in their lives. Art becomes the vehicle for expression, developing relationships, as well as for integrating experiences that may be difficult to understand. Our goals are to improve the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities by giving them an outlet for creative expression. We restore self-esteem, build friendships, and increase their cognitive skills leading to stabilization in overall health. We concentrate our efforts in low-income areas of the city.  Mobile Art provides activities in three different areas: low-income nursing homes, Alzheimer respite programs and adult day programs. All of our programs are FREE as our goal is to reach those who otherwise would not have access to art lessons. We are a tax exempt, 501(c)3 organization.