“Brooklyn Afternoons” – FREE – Individuals with memory loss and their care partners are invited to enjoy art, conversation and each other’s company during nonpublic hours in their galleries. Light refreshments are provided, and assistive listening devices and wheelchairs are available. Call 718.501.6229 email: [email protected]
American Folk Art Museum – Folk Art Reflections is an interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members or care partners which brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. FREE. Registration is required. Stools are provided. Location: 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street). Registration: Rachel Rosen at 212. 595. 9533, ext. 381 or [email protected]
El Museo del Barrio – Their Arts and Minds program offers museum based experiences for people with dementia and their caregivers. 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street. Thursday afternons on particular dates. Contact: Carolyn Halpin Healy at 646-755-3726 or [email protected]
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – For visitors with dementia and their caregivers, the Intrepid Museum offers the Stories Within, a guided multisensory program designed to spark conversation and memory. http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/access.aspx To register, contact [email protected] or call 646-381-5182.
The Jewish Museum – JM Journeys – FREE – Visitors with memory loss and their care partners are invited to make personal connections with original works of art through discussions, art making, and multi-sensory activities facilitated by educators in the gallery and art studio. For information, or to register for a tour, call 212-423-3289 or email [email protected]
Lincoln Center – Lincoln Center sporadically offers free chamber music concerts for those with dementia through their Lincoln Center Moments program. Call 212-875-5375 or email them at [email protected]
The Met Cloisters – Sights & Scents Celebrations – The Met Cloisters invites individuals living with dementia, together with their family members or care partners, to join them for Sights & Scents. Enjoy treasures of medieval art and fragrant herbs through discussion, drawing, and multisensory exploration in the peaceful setting of The Cloisters museum and gardens. To make a reservation, or for more information: 212-650-2280 or email [email protected]. http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-tours/met-tours-disabilities/sights-and-scents/celebrations?eid=A002_%7b73068F27-F10B-4F9D-8A82-4C08A739556A%7d_20150827114527
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met offers guided tours for those suffering with dementia and their care partners as part of their program called Met Escapes. All that is required is preregistration. Museum admission is waived. Please see the calendar of programs at: http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-tours/met-tours-disabilities/met-escapes or call 212-650-2010
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) – MOMA offers two programs: Prime Time for anyone over 65 and Meet Me at MOMA for those suffering with dementia. Pre-registration is required. Museum admission is waived.
Prime Time is an initiative to engage older New Yorkers at MoMA, in the community, and online. This initiative aims to rethink how museums and cultural institutions can support a fulfilling aging process—one defined by creativity, curiosity, connectedness, and continued growth. For information: https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/63 or call Prime Time at (212) 333-1265 or e-mail [email protected].
Meet Me at MOMA – MOMA’s Alzheimer’s Project – This program has a few facets. For information by phone, call: 212-408-6347.
They offer a monthly interactive gallery-discussion program for individuals with dementia and their family or professional care partners (preregistration required). Specially trained Museum educators facilitate all program offerings.
They also offer by-request programs for groups coming from care organizations, such as assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and adult-care centers. These programs incorporate lively discussions of artworks as well as art-making components, and take place at the Museum and/or off-site at the organization.
Additionally, their web-based resource expands the reach of their print publication by making its contents available online: https://www.moma.org/meetme/resources/index#download. The site also includes video from special initiatives that have taken place in conjunction with the Museum’s art and dementia programs, as well as a series of instructional training videos on how to plan and implement art discussion and art-making programs for this audience: https://www.moma.org/meetme/practice/index
MoMA and the New York University Center of Excellence for Brain Aging and Dementia completed a groundbreaking evaluative study of Meet Me at MoMA, the Museum’s gallery discussion program for individuals with dementia and their care partners, in 2008. Results, including several statistically significant findings that show improved mood for both people with Alzheimer’s disease and care partners, indicate that there can be many benefits associated with programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease. To read the executive report, see the NYU Evaluation of Meet Me at MoMA: https://www.moma.org/meetme/resources/index#evaluation
New York Historical Society – Their Arts and Minds program offers museum based experiences for people with dementia and their caregivers. 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street. 170 Central Park West at 77th Street. Monday afternoons on particular dates. Contact: Carolyn Halpin Healy at 646-755-3726 or [email protected]
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street – The Rubin Museum offers a program called Mindful Connections for people with dementia and their caregivers. It’s a FREE tour program in which trained museum guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote conversation and engagement with works of art and each other. Mindful Connections meets on the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for complementary tea time in Cafe Serai. For additional information, call: 212-620-5000 x319 or email: [email protected]
The Studio Museum in Harlem – Their Arts and Minds program offers museum based experiences for people with dementia and their caregivers. 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street. 170 Central Park West at 77th Street. 124 West 125th Street. Tuesday afternoons on particular dates. Contact: Carolyn Halpin Healy at 646-755-3726 or [email protected]