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.
Bring your own refreshments and join us for our next virtual cafe
Featuring guest artist
Dance & Movement Therapist
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 * 6:00 pm
Hosted by poet GARY GLAZNER
At the time of the Cafe, click here to join us on Zoom
Meeting ID: 850 7622 8815
By telephone, dial: 646 876 9923 and enter the Meeting ID when prompted
Natasha Goldstein-Levitas, MA, BC-DMT, is a board certified Aging and Dementia Care specialist. She has two decades of experience working with older individuals. Learn more about her at natashagoldstein.com.
Praise for Natasha
"The smile and the kind expression on Natasha’s face encourage participation, and the softness of her voice soothes the soul.” — Ludmila Kovatcheva,
"Natasha brings the 'light' into the room, as well as the therapeutic aroma, memorable songs from our senior's past lives, to sing along to and reminisce." — Chanel Coleman.
“I absolutely love to watch Natasha work with a group. Not only does she inspire movement and creative expression, she also creates moments of true human connection." — Emily S. Gavin.
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
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.
Being together on Zoom is fun! The only thing we are missing is that wonderful spread of food that Josephine always puts out when we meet in person at the Center. Hopefully we'll be back there before too long. Meanwhile, please join us for the next virtual Memory Arts Cafe. Watch our website and emails for announcements.
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!
Valentine's Day Dance Party • February 12, 2020
Thanks to everyone who made the Valentine's Party so much fun! Gary Glazner shared love poems and found actors in the room to play Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to Josephine Brown the desserts were great once again. Alfonso is an excellent DJ and the dancing was "Hot! Hot! Hot!"
Holiday Party 2019
With yummy holiday treats, talented entertainers, lots of laughter, and a crowded room, we celebrated the holiday season at the New York Memory Center and Memory Arts Cafe annual party. Our host, Gary Glazner, kept things lively as always. We were glad to have Gary Valevich and George Teleshevsky of the local pharmacy Park Chemists tell us about their family business, and we are very grateful for their support of our programs. Tzyanne Hsu helped us warm up with some yoga and Tai Chi stretches. Deborah Karpel led us in holiday songs, and Mari and Niki Kumagai accompanied her on some unusual instruments, including a rain stick. Kazu Kumagai proved he could tap dance to any holiday song — and "La Cucaracha" too!
Check our all our photos in our gallery.
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.