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.
Announcing the August Memory Arts Cafe featuring
Dom Flemons, The American Songster
Grammy Award winner and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Wednesday, August 26
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
Join us to hear Mr. Flemons play original and old time songs. We will learn about the history of Black Cowboys in the West. Glazner will lead the group in the creation of a poem on the theme of music. Mr. Flemons will then improvise a melody and perform with the poem.
Watch our website for the Zoom link and telephone number, which will be posted soon.
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
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!
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.