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.
It's that time of year. Please join us for the annual
Wednesday, December 11 • 6 - 8 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th St. (betw 4th & 5th Aves), Brooklyn 11215
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
The event will feature delicious holiday snacks and singing well-know songs and holiday classics. NYMC teaching artists will help the audience experience a range of the arts provided NYMC including, dance, music, poetry and visual art.
Free • Holiday desserts and refreshments • Social time with artists and friends
A highlight of the event will be creating a group poem about music
and performing the new poem with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
To RSVP and for questions, please contact Caregiver Social Worker, Megan Christ, LMSW, at New York Memory Center 718-499-7701, ext. 321 or email her at email@example.com.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming Memory Arts Cafe programs (subject to changes as needed):
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – Valentine’s Memory Arts Café at NYMC
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – St. Patrick’s Day Memory Arts Café at NYMC
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – Theme TBD
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
What a wonderful evening with members of the
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Ola said it best after Elizabeth, Maddie, and Dana played for us: "I love music but I've never heard anything this good before!" It was quite an evening. Thanks so much to Orpheus and these musicians for such a lovely concert. Here's more about Orpheus:
In 1972, a group of young artists made history by creating an orchestra without a conductor in which musicians led themselves democratically. Since then, the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has recorded over 70 albums on all major classical labels, toured to 46 countries across four continents, and collaborated with hundreds of world-class soloists. Orpheus’ 34 member musicians work as a collective. The orchestra presents annual series at Carnegie Hall and 92Y and tours to major national and international venues. Orpheus shares its collaborative model through education and community engagement initiatives that promote equity and access to the arts for listeners of all ages.
Thanks once again to Kazu Kumagai for performing at the Memory Arts Cafe on October 23.
Kazu was born in Sendai City, Japan. He started tap dancing at 15 and came to New York at 19 to train in Funk University, the workshop for the big hit Broadway musical Bring in da' Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Kazu has studied with Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Barbara Duffy, and Derick K. Grant and dedicates his passion for the art of tap dance to the masters he has studied with, and to the people of the Tohoku region of Japan where his family and friends live.
On a cloudy but nice fall day we met at the Pier 44 Waterfront Garden in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with a terrific view of the Statue of Liberty and New York harbor. Our host and poet Gary Glazner led us in poems about the Statue and memories of the first time we visited the statue or climbed to the top. After a picnic in the park we walked or rode the van a few blocks over for more poems, a view of the ice cream machinery and process, and dessert at Ample Hills Ice Cream Factory. click on the image for more photos. We'll post videos of our poems and link to them soon! It was a really terrific Cafe. Thanks to everyone who came!
What a fun time at the June 1 Memory Arts Cafe! Guitarist Rolf Sturm and singer Jenna Mammina were terrific — and Jenna even braved canoeing on the Gowanus while reciting our original poem about rivers. As always, host poet Gary Glazner Kept things lively, including playing the harmonica on one song.
Thanks so much to performers Jenna and Rolf, and to Liz Schnore and all the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse folks for hosting us. Jenna streamed live on Facebook and you can hear some poetry and jazz in the Boathouse here, and our original poem recited from a canoe here. Click on the photos or here to see larger versions and more photos.
We celebrated Spring with Double Standard on April 10
What a fine evening of classical music at the Memory Arts Cafe last night featuring Double Standard with Jennifer Gersten, violin and Laura Davey, piano. We listened to the music of composers John Adams and Chen Yi and enjoyed talking with the artists who both started playing their instruments before they were age 10. Thanks to Gary Glazner for hosting another fine evening and to Josephine Brown for the Spring spread of excellent food, including those mangos! Our Spring poem was one of the best ever (video coming soon). A Group Muse sponsored event.
Gary Glazner of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project hosted, and Laura and Jennifer took audience questions.
Jennifer and Laura warmed up for their performance with a mango snack.