The Memory Arts Café is a series of free cultural events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, their caregivers, family members, friends, and the general public.
The Café is co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Each program features local professional guest artists including musicians, magicians, poets and dancers.
Every Café is free and open to the public. Please join us next time. You’ll be glad you did!
Partially funded by Axe-Houghton Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Department of
Health, and the Poetry Foundation, with further support and partial funding from 305 West End Ave.
Read about arts programs, including New York Memory Center's Memory Arts Cafe in this article from City Limits Magazine, NYC’s Older Adults Find Community in Remote Art Programs by David Brand.
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Meeting ID: 836 9836 0538
Please join us on Zoom for a Halloween special
Memory Arts Cafe featuring
Halo the Yoga Cat
with Phyliss the Psychic Cat Lady
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a black cat at Halloween?
Tune in to find out! We will also learn Halo's favorite yoga poses, her thoughts on tuna fish and should catnip be legalized?
(The role of Phyliss is played by Beth Lisick. Lisick is a writer,
actor, storyteller and comedian. She is the author of five books and has appeared in films screened at Cannes, Sundance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.)
"To purr or not to purr, that is the question."
— William Shakespurr
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
"The truth I do not stretch or shove
when I saw the dog is full of love."
— Ogden Nash
MORT THE POETRY DOG and his sidekick Ritah Parrish joined us all the way from Portland, Oregon, for the September 30 Memory Arts Cafe. Mort not only enjoys poetry, fire hydrants, and having his portrait painted, but he is also running for mayor of Portland! His campaign slogan is "A vote for Mort is a vote for the future." It was a lively Cafe, with a good crowd showing up to find out how Mort got interested in poetry, what his daily schedule is like, and what he
likes to eat. The Cafe was hosted as always by poet Gary Glazner (top
left on Zoom, practicing his howl; others practiced sniffing). At least two
of our Brooklyn dog friends wanted to check out Mort too.
Dom Flemons, The American Songster
joined us for the August 26 Memory Arts Cafe, on Zoom
See The American Songster website for lots more about Dom and his recordings.
And he was amazing! He told us how he got interested in the history of Black Cowboys in the West and played his guitar and sang. We are so grateful to him for taking the time to join us and perform for members and caregivers. Thank you, Dom Flemons!
It was also a special day because it was Ola's 83rd birthday. She's been coming to the center since 2008, and we were happy to be able to celebrate with her — even if it could not be in person. Happy 83 to Ola, and many more!
You can celebrate with Ola and hear Dom's music and stories by clicking on the YouTube links(left). Thanks as always to host Gary Glazner for arranging this great program.
Ola at 83!
Thanks to Natasha Goldstein-Levitas for getting us moving
at the July 22 Memory Arts Cafe
Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT, is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Aging and Dementia Care Advisor. She joined us from her home with a collection of props, like the beautiful butterfly scarf in the picture below, and inspired us to get our arms waving and moving — between songs, laughs, and poems provided by host Gary Glazner, top left, in the photo below.
Left, some of the participants getting moving at the July 22 Memory Arts Cafe.
Learn more about Natasha and her work at natashagoldstein.com.
We had a great time at the June 24 virtual Memory Arts Cafe!
Thank you, Jesse Neuman, for playing the trumpet for us!
Jesse told us about learning to play the trumpet and his earliest influences, including Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. He had everyone tapping toes, clapping, or playing their own virtual trumpets. He also showed us that he could play the trumpet and the tambourine at the same time — watch the video and you'll see!
Thanks as always to our host poet Gary Glazner. You can learn more about his work on the Alzheimer's Poetry Project website.
A Celebration of Spring: Our first virtual Memory Arts Cafe
Thank you to Violinist Samantha Gillogly
for her beautiful music.
Held on May 27, 2020, it was a wonderful way to welcome Spring!
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
Here we are on Zoom with
Samantha playing from her backyard!