You will be able to see those who have Alzheimer’s and their caregivers continue to tap their toes and hum a few bars, thanks to Midsummer’s Music. The performing arts organization received a $10,000 Challenge America award from the National Endowment of the Arts for its B Double Sharp program with its Griffon String Quartet. Since the group’s inception, the Griffon String Quartet has performed in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to help connect those with Alzheimer’s with music. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, studies have shown that music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle stages of the disease. Executive Director Allyson Fleck says it is a powerful moment to see a simple tune engage with an audience, no matter where the venue may be.
The grant received by Midsummer’s Music was one of 262 Challenge America awards, representing $2.62 million announced as a part of the NEA’s first round of giving this year.