Artful Afternoon

Join the fun! The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia offer a creative and relaxing program on a designated Sunday each month for people with dementia, and their partner in care, to connect with art.

The art experience includes an interactive Gallery tour followed by a hands-on art workshop in the studio, inspired by the visit to our exhibitions. An artist and an Alzheimer’s support staff facilitate the afternoon session along with volunteers. No art experience is necessary!

The program provides a community of people sharing a welcoming and safe space to view and talk about art, creative artmaking in the studio facilitated by an experienced artist, and a place to make friendships.

Upcoming Winter Sessions:

Please Note: Due to Covid restrictions the first 3 classes in January, February, and March will take place virtually. The class will still include opportunities for art appreciation, artmaking ideas, and social interaction.

January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 29


January, February, and March classes will be virtual. April and May classes will be on-site at the Gallery unless participants are otherwise notified.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia


The group is divided in half for each virtual session in January, February, and March.
Group #1 - 11:00am – 12:00 noon
Group #2 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Both groups will meet from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in April and May for the on-site classes.

*The Alzheimer Society will contact participants once registered to let them know if they are in Group #1 or Group #2 for the virtual winter classes.


There is no cost for this program but registration is required and includes all four workshops. To register, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia at (902) 422-7961 Ext.244.

Safety Protocols 

The Gallery requires all visitors to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Please be prepared to show your government issued full vaccination record (or letter of exemption) and ID. We will also wear masks for additional safety. We follow the NS Public Health safety protocols, so if advised if there are new limitations for on-site activities, Artful Afternoon will be delivered virtually.


Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia          




MAY 2021 (~8 minutes in length)

APRIL 2021 (~9 minutes in length)

MARCH 2021 (~7 minutes in length)

FEBRUARY 2021 (~9 minutes in length)

JANUARY 2021 (~9 minutes in length)


MAUD VIDEO (~10 minutes in length)

Join artist Lux Habrich, facilitator of the Artful Afternoon program, for a virtual tour on the beloved Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis. During this time of COVID, the colourful artworks of Maud and her tiny painted home, covered with images such as birds, butterflies, and flowers, magnify the artist’s resiliency and the power of art to positively impact the human spirit. For many who are isolated during this challenging time, this video brings the world of Maud and her depiction, through observation and memory, of her simple and creative life in rural Nova Scotia.

OSTROM VIDEO (~7 minutes in length)

Inspired by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition, Good Earth: The Pots & Passion of Walter Ostrom, this video highlights the exceptional career of this well-known Nova Scotian ceramicist and arts educator. Lux Habrich, facilitator of the Artful Afternoon program for those with dementia and their partners in care, engages the viewer in a visual survey of Ostrom’s work and international influence on the Canadian ceramics landscape through his teachings and life-long art practice. With thoughtful inquiry and guided reflection, Lux, also a practicing artist who works in clay, shares her knowledge on materiality and process - inviting the viewer to join her on an exploration into the imagination, innovation, and technical excellence of this profoundly remarkable artist.