The Memory Arts Café is a series of free cultural events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, their caregivers, family members and friends. 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.

Partially funded by Axe-Houghton Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Department of
Health, and the Poetry Foundation, with further support from Acadia Pharmaceuticals.


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 Join us for the next Memory Arts Cafe...
SUMMER MOMENTS: Letting the Sun Shine In

An evening of dance, movement, music and storytelling with Stories in the Moment featuring dance artist Magda Kaczmarska and musician Ismail Butera

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free • Refreshments (download flyer)


Let's welcome summer-time in the city together! Join us in the
interactive program Stories in the Moment, which centers and amplifies
the creative voices of people living with dementia. Our stories will soak
up the sun and bring a slice of summer into our evening!


All are welcome to participate! All skill levels welcome! 


To learn more about Magda visit

To learn more about Ismail visit

Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY • Wednesday, December 15, 2021

THANKS SO MUCH to our talented teaching artists and friends Magda Kaczmarska, Deborah Karpel, host and poet Gary Glazner, and Ismail Butera for making our Dec. 15 (socially distanced) HOLIDAY PARTY so much fun. Congratulations to our raffles winners too!



Thanks so much to Chris Bravo and Magda Kaczmarska for a great story-telling program on November 20. Magda kept us moving with a Thanksgiving themed program, and Josephine provided another beautiful table of holiday decorations and delicious snacks. Along with the photos, there are a few short videos of the group in action. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated so enthusiastically!


Cleaning and setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner


"Signature Moves" - everyone created a move for their name

Thanks for our teaching artists
Ismail Butera • Deborah Karpel • Gary Glazner

for another great program on Saturday, October 16.
The music was great and our poem about fall was the best! And, as usual, Josephine set up the most beautiful - and tasty - food table!

A great time was had by all at our
Welcome Back to the New York Memory Center
“New York Classics” Memory Arts Café

The program on Saturday, September 11 attracted more than 35 members, caregivers, and their families. Some new friends from the neighborhood and beyond came to see what a memory cafe is all about. Thanks so much to Rodney Chapman and Vijay Anderson for performing and keeping up a lively beat that got some of our audience members on their feet (see the videos below ...). Due to our vaccination rules, we listened to the saxophone from the garden but we still felt lucky to have this special performance from an amazing musician. Oh, and the food was great too. Cheesecake over Zoom is just not as good as eating it among friends!


We look forward to seeing YOU at our next in person Memory Arts Cafe on Saturday, October 16.

Rodney Chapman is a Brooklyn-based free jazz/Avant Garde Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, Rapper, Hip Hop Producer, and artist/painter, known internationally as "Godfather Don." He is a legendary underground MC/beatmaker who has produced and performed on records featuring NAS, Kool Keith, and Sun Ra Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah’s "Diaspora" band. Together with Vijay Anderson as “Open Mind,” they investigate standard jazz tunes, attempting to take them as “far out” as possible while retaining the structural elements of the “song”...specifically: the melodic component!

Red Hot Jazz with jazz singer and flutist Nancy Redd
THANKS Nancy for joining us on July 28!

Nancy Redd sings and plays jazz flute. She works with students of all ages to maintain the integrity and class of jazz music, for those who grew up with it and to introduce a new generation to the genre. She has opened for Grammy Award Winning Artists: Jennifer Holiday, Ronnie Laws, The Four Tops and for blues giant Solomon Burke. See her website for more information.

Thanks to Gary Glazner for bringing us these excellent programs and for hosting the Memory Arts Cafe.