The Art Cart

“The Art Cart gives this population the chance to truly be “elders”—people whose wisdom is heard, respected, even treasured.”


Rooted in a strong respect for elders and their history, The Art Cart program uses the expressive power of the arts to inspire nursing home residents to share their life stories and talents.


A CATA faculty artist leads group workshops in music or works one-on-one with elders to share songs, poems, and stories. The Art Cart forges profound and often therapeutic connections for an older population, including those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as patients in rehabilitation.

Video: The Art Cart Troubadours perform an original song inspired by the voices and words of elders who take part in CATA’s Art Cart program.