connect2culture® supports museums and other cultural organizations to develop ongoing programs for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Pre-registration for all events may be required. Contact each program for schedules and registration. Admission is free of charge unless otherwise noted.
Admission is free of charge unless otherwise noted.
We Sing! is back for the Spring!
Join us for a lively morning of singing, laughter, and impromptu dancing at CaringKind. This monthly program takes place at our offices on a Friday morning, and welcomes individuals with dementia and their caregivers to help kick off the weekend. Light refreshments are served. No experience necessary.
All programs are on a Friday, 10:30am - 12:30pm at CaringKind.
March 15 American Favorites
April 12 On Broadway
May 10 At the Movies
Contact CaringKind’s 24-hour Helpline at 646-744-2900 to register.
Best Practices for Cultural Programs Engaging People with Dementia
American Folk Art Museum
Folk Art Reflections
An interactive and discussion-based program that brings the world of folk art to life through meaningful conversation, designed to create an environment where connections to art and to one another are nurtured.
Rachel Rosen, email@example.com, 212-595-9533 ext. 381
Arts & Minds at:
- El Museo del Barrio (en español)
- The New-York Historical Society
- The Studio Museum of Harlem
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Seasonal Highlights Memory Tour
Delight in seasonal highlights. Enjoy a sensory experience. Connect with nature. Engage in hands-on activity.
Joanne D’Auria, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-623-7267
Invites individuals with memory loss and their caregivers to explore the museum’s collection together This program provides an opportunity to enjoy conversation, works of art, and each other's company.
Lindsay Reuter, access@Brooklynmuseum.org, 718-501-6520
Brooklyn Public Library
Contact for more information about upcoming programs.
Judith Vigo, email@example.com, 718-230-1760 ext. 51141
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Stories Within
Located on the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid, this program encourages conversation and storytelling through multi-sensory experiences focusing on different themes. Small groups explore the Museum to reflect on the history of the ship, including the people that served aboard, the aircraft, and the ship’s connections to space travel.
Brigid Tuschen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-381-5158
Guggenheim Museum Tours
The Museum offers group tours for individuals with dementia and their caregivers in all exhibitions by request.
Contact: Emily Johnson or Kai-Ti Kao, email@example.com, 212-423-3636
Make personal connections with original works of art through discussion, art making, and multi-sensory activities.
Samantha Schott, sSchott@thejm.org, 212-423-3289
Lincoln Center Moments
Lincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
Join us as we bring Lincoln Center's unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting. Each program includes a one-hour performance, followed by a one-hour discussion, movement, and art-making workshop for participants to reflect upon their experience.
Accessibility and Guest Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-875-5375
Memory Arts Café
Memory Arts Cafe is a series of free art events for people living with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers and the general public and is co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. The series includes light refreshments and the opportunity to chat with the guest artists.
Gary Glazner, 718-499-7701
The Met Cloisters
Sights and Scents
This program provides a serene, multi-sensory experience of enclosed gardens and encourages discussion while exploring works of art and architecture from the Middle Ages.
Leslie Bussis Tait, Leslie.Tait@metmuseum.org, 212-650-2280
The Met Fifth Avenue
This program is a participatory event that includes discussions, handling sessions, art making, and other multi-sensory activities.
Rebecca McGinnis, Marie Clapot, Jan Ingvalson, Cristina Vanech email@example.com, 212-650-2010
Museum of Modern Art
Meet Me at MoMA
This program provides a forum for dialogue for people with dementia and their care partners through looking at art.
New York Botanical Garden
Along The Garden Path
The New York Botanical Garden and CaringKind partnered to create a pilot program that engaged its participants through a garden walk followed by a planting activity. People with early and middle stage dementia experienced the sights, sounds, and fragrances of spring as they walked through area of the Garden, and explored bulbs and flowers through a planting exercise. Each participant took away their plant to care for at home, making them the caregiver! The program was facilitated by a trained registered horticultural therapist from the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
A program designed to bring the healing power of music to those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia and their caregivers. These 45-minute programs bring small groups of Orpheus musicians to perform in spaces where attendees are comfortable, such as public venues or private care centers, and events close with a meet and greet with the musicians. With training and outreach Support by connect2culture at CaringKind. Orpheus is a proud member organization of The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
For more information please contact Angela Gehring at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (212) 896-1702.
Adult programs provide opportunities to engage with art in a safe space for adults with special needs. These programs promote social inclusion and self-determination. Program is by request.
Mitra Dejkameh, email@example.com, 718-592-9700 ext. 136
Rhythm Break Cares
Tea Dance Social and Dance for Dementia
Join us for an afternoon of socializing while experiencing the healing power of music, dance and touch. There is a suggested donation for the program.
Contact: Stine Moen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-742-9014
The Rubin Museum of Art
Explores the transformative power of the art and culture of the Himalayan Asian region, promotes conversation and engagement with works of art and one another. Please note these programs run the third Friday of each month.
Mindful Connections is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
Laura Sloan,** email@example.com, 212-620-5000 ext. 319**
The Unforgettables Chorus
The Unforgettables is a chorus for people living with dementia and their family member caregivers. The chorus rehearses and performs in concerts several times a year.