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.
With Music in Mind®
October 24, 6-7:30PM
Join us to launch the With Music in Mind program, created in partnership with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to engage people with dementia and their caregivers. Through live music and an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians, With Music in Mind offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience that inspires connection. We are excited also to inaugurate the program with a screening of the short documentary about this program. Professionals and families are invited to join us for a conversation with CaringKind and members of Orpheus about this partnership.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Executive Director
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Cellist and Artistic Coordinator
Jed Levine, CaringKind, President and CEO
Meredith Wong, CaringKind, Manager of connect2culture
These meetings are intended for caregivers and not for persons with dementia.
We invite caregivers and individuals with memory loss to lend your voice to some American Songbook standards and more. No experience necessary, just bring your love of music.
We Sing! is ready to bring in the cool weather of the Fall season with song and light refreshments! Each program will be on Friday mornings, 10:30am to 12 noon.
To register or for more information, please contact our Helpline at 646-744-2900.
We will also host the 3rd Annual connect2culture Holiday Gathering in December with music, singing, and light refreshments. Please check back here for more details soon!
The Rubin Museum
Journey and Transformation: Exploring the Fluidity of Life
November 2, 2:00-4:00pm
November 7, 5:30-7:00pm
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No one lives forever. Impermanence is a term often used in Tibetan Buddhism as a reminder of the cycle of death and rebirth. As part of Reimagine End of Life week, join us in exploring the big questions about life and death. Open your mind to a different understanding of time and form a new relationship with the future. Step into a world where past, present, and future exist all at once
by exploring how contemporary artists and traditional Buddhist artworks from the Himalayas lend us new perspectives on our journey.
This program begins with a 75-minute gallery tour followed by conversation in the Rubin Museum’s Café Serai including complimentary tea and refreshments.
Tickets are free of charge. Registration is required. Limited tickets available. Please register through Reimagine’s website at:
This event is intended for caregivers and not for persons with dementia.
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
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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 horticultural professional from the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.
Future program information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra “With Music in Mind”
In collaboration with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, CaringKind piloted a program engaging individuals with dementia and their caregivers through performance-based music. Bringing together musicians from a Grammy award-winning chamber orchestra and New York City’s families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias, this partnership offered a shared musical experience in two of connect2culture’s community partners in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Following the performance, meet the musicians over light refreshment at a social tea.
Future program information will be posted here as it becomes available.
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.