New York Times – April 24, 2018

By Andrew R. Chow

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The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has pledged $10 million to fund arts programs focused on mental health issues in New York City.

The new initiative is an open-ended commitment that seeks to improve the lives of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, fight stigma around mental illnesses and help people overcome trauma.

The nonprofit Arts & Minds, for example, takes people with Alzheimer’s disease into museums for tours and hands-on projects in order to spur emotional connections and stimulate memories. The organization will receive a grant it can use to add resources, enlarge its staff or expand its programming into other museums.

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