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.
Thanks to our new supporter, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, for adding their sponsorship
to the Memory Arts Cafe.
Read about arts programs, including New York Memory Center's Memory Arts Cafe in this article from City Limits Magazine, NYC’s Older Adults Find Community in Remote Art Programs by David Brand.
Join us for a special evening with renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance, Myra Krien, joined by her cat Eryu, at the next
Memory Arts Café
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
on Zoom featuring Myra Krien
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
Myra Krien is a renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, an international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance. Krien has performed on some of America's most prestigious stages, toured internationally, performed for PBS and Japanese television and been reviewed by national publications such as Dance Magazine, Bliss and the Santa Fean. She is joined by her cat Eryu, which means Dragon Wisdom in Japanese.
At the time of the Cafe, click here to join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 829 5969 6459
By telephone (you can hear but not see)
Meeting ID: 829 5969 6459
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
Jesse Neuman has been an active member of New York City’s creative music scene for the past 15 years, as a trumpeter. He is also the founder and director of MUSICWORKS, a company that presents interactive arts workshops to students of all ages. He is currently the Diversity Equity and Inclusion artist in residence at Princeton Academy.
Greedy the Kitty Cat got his name, because when he was little he'd sit in the food bowl and eat his way out!
His distinctive vocal stylings are the cat's pajamas.
He's a real growl and meower.
He has cat-nipped with all the greats from
Snoop Catty Cat to Lady ClawGa.
April's Memory Arts Café with Jesse Neuman on Trumpet and Kitty Cat Greedy on Meow was great fun.
St. Patrick's Day was well celebrated with guest artist Ray McNiece,
who introduced us to Irish Mouth Music and told us about his drum, called the bodhrán. It's a drum of Irish origin, made with a goatskin cover and played with a beater. He told us about his Irish origins and taught us the classic Irish song, "Johnny McAdoo."
We learned about Irish sheep herding in Prospect Park, and you can click on this image to watch the video and read the story too.
Thanks so much to Ray for taking the time out of his own St. Patrick's day celebrations to join us, and to host Gary Glazner for another great Cafe.
See The American Songster website for lots more about Dom and his recordings.
Thank you Kiwi and Laura!
We enjoyed our virtual trip to Florida in February with Kiwi, the world's most photogenic pup, and Laura Wiley the Queen of Disco Rollerskating, Laura Wiley. Thanks for giving us some warmth from sunny Florida!
Thanks so much to Lillian Pearl the Jazz Pup and Singer and Improviser Extraordinaire, Jenna Mammina who joined on for the Memory Arts Cafe on January 27.
Listen to Jenna improvise a song using each person's name and their favorite color. Hosted by poet Gary Glazner. Co-produced by the New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.
Holidays Party 2020
Thanks to our Artists-in-Residence for a fun holiday party on December 9 (even if we could not be together).
Ismail Tyzann & Peter
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner, with sing-a-longs by Ismail Butera on accordion and Deborah Karpel on guitar. Tzyann and Peter Berman got us warmed up with some yoga and stretching, and David Azarch really heated things up with his drumming. It was a fun evening of holiday music, poetry, relaxation and general fun and merry-making!
Halo the Yoga Cat joined us for the Memory Arts Cafe on October 28
"To purr or not to purr, that is the question."
— William Shakespurr
We had a great time at the Halloween themed Memory Arts Cafe on October 28, featuring Halo the Yoga Cat. But it was great fun. Thanks to Phyliss the Psychic Cat Lady for leading us in a variety of cat exercises — and to Halo for making an appearance now and then! As always appreciation to Gary Glazner for the poetry and laughter and to everyone who joined (a few pictured here). Watch for the announcements and join us at the next Memory Arts Cafe!
(The role of Phyliss is played by Beth Lisick. Lisick is a writer,actor, storyteller and comedian. She is the author of five books and has appeared in films screened at Cannes, Sundance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.)
MORT THE POETRY DOG
and his sidekick Ritah Parrish joined us all the way from Portland, Oregon, for the September 30 Memory Arts Cafe. Mort not only enjoys poetry, fire hydrants, and having his portrait painted, but he is also running for mayor of Portland! His campaign slogan is "A vote for Mort is a vote for the future." It was a lively Cafe, with a good crowd showing up to find out how Mort got interested in poetry, what his daily schedule is like, and what helikes to eat. The Cafe was hosted as always by poet Gary Glazner (top left on Zoom, practicing his howl; others practiced sniffing). At least twoof our Brooklyn dog friends wanted to check out Mort too.
Dom Flemons, The American Songster
joined us for the August 26 Memory Arts Cafe, on Zoom
And he was amazing! He told us how he got interested in the history of Black Cowboys in the West and played his guitar and sang. We are so grateful to him for taking the time to join us and perform for members and caregivers. Thank you, Dom Flemons!
It was also a special day because it was Ola's 83rd birthday. She's been coming to the center since 2008, and we were happy to be able to celebrate with her — even if it could not be in person. Happy 83 to Ola, and many more!
You can celebrate with Ola and hear Dom's music and stories by clicking on the YouTube links(left). Thanks as always to host Gary Glazner for arranging this great program.