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Institute for Therapy through the Arts

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ITA is seeking a total of 20 volunteer companions for our Musical Bridges to Memory program, an interactive music research program for family members and individuals experiencing cognitive decline as a result of aging. We would love to welcome you to our team!

Our program could not run without the help of our amazing team of volunteers. Each week you would be paired with a resident to guide them through the program and fill in when their family member is not able to attend.

The program includes a 30-minute education and discussion group followed by an interactive 45-minute music performance by a quartet of professional musicians, where family members and companions practice connecting with their loved ones using music, instruments, and movement. After the performance, members participate in a 30-minute break-out social group. In collaboration with Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour, the program will begin research at Auberge’s memory care unit at the Lake Zurich location in January 2020.

Volunteer companions will:
* help set up/restore the space for the performance and breakout groups,
* interact with their assigned resident during the performance
* act as a "stand-in" for family members not present, and
* attend a training workshop on working with individuals with dementia and music engagement strategies on January 13th.

The research program will run from 2:15PM - 5PM on Saturdays from January through April, 2020.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer caregiver, please contact Amanda Ziemba, Musical Bridges to Memory Volunteer Coordinator, aziemba@itachicago.org, 847-448-8332

Media Coverage: https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/ct-met-music-therapy-alzheimers-northwestern-20180324-story.html , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX2p5VGe4h8

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About Institute for Therapy through the Arts


2130 Green Bay Road, Evanston, IL 60201, US

Mission Statement

Empowering individuals, families and communities to grow and heal through advanced approaches in Creative Arts Therapy, setting the standard for treatment, practice and training within the field.


Founded in 1975, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is one of the few comprehensive community-based arts therapy programs in the United States to offer all four creative arts treatment modalities - Music Therapy , Drama Therapy , Art Therapy , and Dance/Movement Therapy.

ITA is nationally recognized and has distinguished itself in the use of integrated arts approaches to help children, adults and families to improve functioning related to psychological, developmental, physical or cognitive factors.


Sun Jan 12, 2020 - Sat Apr 18, 2020
02:15 PM - 05:00 PM  


555 America CtLake Zurich, IL 60047



  • Elder care
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Patient Care
  • Relationship Building
  • Social Work
  • Music Therapy


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • Saturdays from 2:15 - 5pm from January - April

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