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.
3rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration
Featuring: Violinist Samantha Gillogly
Saturday, March 14th
CANCELLED - We apologize and hope to reschedule at a later date
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Megan Christ, LMSW, New York Memory Center
718-499-7701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendar for the next Memory Arts Cafe
(subject to changes as needed)
Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Theme TBA
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Theme TBA
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
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.
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.