Olivia Lohmann ’20

Olivia is a psychology major and art history minor from Houghton, Michigan.


Bostrom Fellow in Creative Aging

Frye Art Museum, Creative Aging Programs | Seattle, Washington

Week 9:
Learning Something Out of Everything


December 23, 2019 | When I first began looking into doing a fellowship, I was hoping that I would be able to have four weeks in one location and then another 4 weeks in a different location.  I thought that 8 weeks in the same place would drag on and get dull.  Wow, I was so wrong.  As I […]

Week 8:
The Flow of Creativity


December 20, 2019 | I saw a sea lion swim by me this week as I was waiting at my bus stop.  This is a fairly regular occurrence and I just can’t get used to it!  How lucky am I to be doing something as mundane as standing on the sidewalk waiting for my bus to arrive, and be […]

Week 7:
It’s All Happening at the Zoo


December 15, 2019 | Every Monday the Woodland Park Zoo hosts a dementia zoo walk.  This is a free program that aims to meet areas of wellbeing within the lives of adults living with dementia.  Embedded in this program is exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation.  I love that  the exercise is gentle walking.  I’ve been told by a […]

Week 6:
What is Gratitude?


December 8, 2019 | I’ve been having a hard time the past few weeks.  Not in regards to the work that I’m doing in Seattle, but within the realm my own mental health.  My father passed away unexpectedly due to a heart attack this past May.  The summer was filled with pulling together loose ends surrounding his business and […]

Week 5:
Intergenerational Pilot Program


November 27, 2019 | One of the meetings I attended the first week of my internship was about the implementation of a new intergenerational pilot program at the Frye.  A small team of people working within the realms of art, education, aging and administration came together to construct a program that would be geared towards kids aged 3 to […]

Week 4:
Looking and Seeing


November 24, 2019 | Every Wednesday for the rest of my internship I will be participating in the here:now class at the Frye.  I have discussed here:now gallery tours in a previous blog post, but the here:now class is a bit more extensive.  This six-week class offers conversation-based gallery tours and studio art-making experiences for adults with dementia and […]

Week 3:
Elderwise Outreach Programming


November 17, 2019 | It was a busy third week over here at the Frye.  My time as an intern was filled with everything from meetings to cutting up apples and making coffee.  Thanks to a connection made by my direct supervisor, I was also able to aid in programming put on by Elderwise. Elderwise is a wonderful organization […]

Week 2:
Looking at the Framework


November 8, 2019 | Wow, what a week!  I started my internship off by meeting with my direct supervisor and the director of the Creative Aging Programs, Mary Jane Knecht, for a lovely little lunch in the Frye’s cafe.  Mary Jane and I had been in touch over email since last November and met briefly while I visited Seattle […]

Week 1:
Getting Settled


November 3, 2019 | There is a relatively new area of art history emerging that examines the link between engaging with artworks and memory care.  The Frye Art Museum’s Creative Aging Programs beautifully fuse these two unfolding areas of study, offering adults living with dementia a chance to engage in creative lifelong learning while exploring the rich potential of […]