Red Stick Project unveils Alzheimer's Community Mural at Amber Terrace Assisted Living

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - The Red Stick Project and Amber Terrace Assisted Living will celebrate the unveiling of “Memory Lane,” a room of nostalgic murals at Amber Terrace Assisted Living. 

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 8585 Summa Avenue. The public is invited to a viewing of the murals and to hear remarks from the artists.

The 500 sq. ft. scene covers three walls and two doors of the “Memory Lane” salon waiting area. The murals are the work of local artist, Carmen Aliah James, who was assigned to re-create a time and place of years past that might trigger memories for Alzheimer's residents at Amber Terrace.

“Our dream for this mural was two-fold for the residents: to have something pleasant to look at while waiting their turn at the beauty shop as well as to deter our residents who were seeking an exit,” said Jeri Shread, admissions director at Amber Terrace Assisted Living. 

A historic Grand Coteau church disguises an exit. The images were chosen to bring reminders of city streets and sidewalks that residents may have strolled while looking through windows of French sweet shops and hat shops. Other images include vibrant swamp scenes with wildlife, screened porches and fishing camps.

“I accepted the project because some of the elderly in my own family have been disabled by the disease and it was an opportunity to connect amazing young artists to a generation that has almost expired from our communal lives,” said artist Carmen Aliah James.

The public is invited to the unveiling of the mural at Amber Terrace, share in refreshments and hear from the featured artists at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The mission of the Red Stick Project is to restore pride, purpose and passion in Baton Rouge communities through the arts.

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