SPARK! Programs

SPARK! programs are designed for people in the early to mid-stages of memory loss to visit with their family, care partners, or group facility.


woman with featherFamilies & Care Partners

Family SPARK! programs are offered at 1:00 p.m. on the dates listed below. There is a 30-minute coffee social before each program for participants to become comfortable and socialize with peers before we begin. Care Partners are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum after the program. Street parking is FREE on Sundays.

August 18: Wisconsin Wildlife - Did you know Wisconsin is home to over 350 species of native birds? Our Badger State is home to a variety of beautiful wildlife. We’ll take a look at the different habitats and the animals that roam our wilderness.

September 15: Streets of Old Milwaukee - Come experience the early metropolitan days of Old Milwaukee! We will explore entertainment and leisure activities during the 1890s through the turn of the century. We will stop by a few local storefronts, handle period artifacts, and enjoy a short clip of a silent film.

October 20: No program due to special event.

November 17: Ancestral Women’s Exhibit - This temporary exhibit honors women’s journeys by creating their portraits in jacquard weavings. The Ancestral Women project was conceived to portray the strength of ancestral women around the world, both elders and their contemporaries, and to honor their journeys.

December 10,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Special Event

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Florentine Opera’s Holiday Songs & Hymns performance at MPM! The Florentine Opera Company will be entertaining all of our SPARK! families and friends for the 10th year. It will be a grand performance followed by a cookie reception. Space is limited; pre-registration is required before December 3.

December 15: Special Exhibit Viewing of Spiders Alive! - We’ll start with a discussion about spiders from about the world and how we feel about these creepy-crawlers. Then, participants will be escorted into the special exhibit to tour freely.

Space is limited and reservations are required three days in advance by calling 414-278-2714.


Groups from care communities

These programs are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and are offered to groups. The facility must provide enough staff to assist all attendees. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to use free of charge. Groups check-in at the ticket window to obtain wristbands and check coats if needed, and meet the program facilitator at 2:00 p.m. We encourage attendees to wear nametags if possible (first names only). Reservations must be made at least two  weeks in advance, and groups are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum before or after the program. 

Monthly Group Programs:

August: Wisconsin Wildlife - Did you know Wisconsin is home to over 350 species of native birds? Our Badger State is home to a variety of beautiful wildlife. We’ll take a look at the different habitats and the animals that roam our wilderness.

September: Streets of Old Milwaukee - Come experience the early metropolitan days of Old Milwaukee! We will explore entertainment and leisure activities during the 1890s through the turn of the century. We will stop by a few local storefronts, handle period artifacts, and enjoy a short clip of a silent film.

October: Insects Alive! - Join us as we examine live insects from around the world. We’ll get up close and personal to learn about their different adaptations, habitats, and survival techniques.

November: Native American Powwow - A modern powwow grand entry scene with 37 life-sized figures dressed in colorful dance attire will be the focus of this program. The figures are life casts of Wisconsin Native American people representing the state’s tribes.

December 10,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Special Event

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Florentine Opera’s Holiday Songs & Hymns performance at MPM! The Florentine Opera Company will be entertaining all of our SPARK! families and friends for the 10th year. It will be a grand performance followed by a cookie reception. Space is limited; pre-registration is required before December 3.

December: SPIDERS! - Among the most versatile animals on the planet, spiders inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. Explore spiders’ anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defense mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making as you tour our special temporary exhibit. 

Space is limited and reservations are required two weeks in advance by calling 414-278-2714.


Learn more about what SPARK! has to offer:

Registration

Registration must be received at least three days in advance of your selected program(s). To register, please call 414-278-2714. Pre-registration required.

To learn more, contact Dawn Koceja at Koceja@mpm.edu.

Learn more about SPARK! programming and other partner Museums at www.sparkprograms.org