LASM receives over $ 160,000 in federal grant for wellness program

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LAS) has received a federal grant of $ 168,833 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for “Aging Healthy With LASM”.

The three-year Arts and Wellness program will serve seniors in our region of eleven capital parishes through a variety of in-person and virtual activities. This program will be offered in partnership with the Capital Area Agency on Aging, the Baton Rouge General Arts in Medicine Program and Dr. Rebecca Bartlett.

“Seniors are facing unprecedented levels of isolation, stress and health risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nita Mitchell, director of education at LASM. “To serve this vulnerable and sometimes neglected population, our staff will work with experts in the art and medical sciences as well as with community partners. This combination of virtual and in-person programs is essential in combating isolation, fostering meaningful connections, and promoting healthy aging. ”

LASM will serve seniors by offering free programming, including “Virtual Voyages”, which will include hands-on activities; the distribution of virtual reality headsets preloaded with virtual art and science content and a 360-degree tour of LASM at senior centers in the Capital Region; organize in-person workshops in partnership with arts and wellness specialists; and the distribution of free passes for museums.

The goal of ‘Healthy Aging with LASM’ is to impact 6,000 participants in the Senior Adult Program in the 11 Parish Capital Region throughout its three-year implementation process, promoting lifelong learning and removing barriers that limit the ability of older people to access LASM. “As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by offering important programs, services and collections,” said Crosby Kemper, Director of ILSS. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and improve their communities. “

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