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Connect2culture is a cultural arts program, supporting museums and other cultural venues in developing ongoing programs for people with dementia and their caregivers. Pre-registration for all events is required. Contact each program for schedules and registration. Admission is free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Museums Social Events

Warm up your vocal cords for an afternoon of song and remembrance. Join us as we sing favorite songs with live accompaniment.  And that’s not all…dust off your dancing shoes for an hour of swinging and swaying with expert instruction from dancers at Rhythm Break Cares.

Contact:, 800-272-3900

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.

Contact: Rachel Rosen,, 212-265-1040 ext 381

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Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn Afternoons”
Brooklyn Afternoons is a free program that invites individuals with memory loss and their caregivers to explore art together. Each program provides an opportunity to enjoy conversation, works of art, and each other's company.

Registration is required; for more information or to register.

Contact: or call (718) 501-6350.

The Cloisters Museum & Gardens - “Sights and Scents”
Provides a serene, multi-sensory experience of enclosed gardens and encourages discussion while exploring works of art and architecture from the Middle Ages.

Contact: Leslie Bussis Tait,, 212-650-2280

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - “The Stories Within”
Located on the former WWII era aircraft carrier Intrepid. Visitors will reflect on the ship’s history, aircraft, and stories of people who served at home and at sea.

Contact: Barbara Johnson Stemler,, 646-381-5182.

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The Jewish Museum - “JM Journeys”
Make personal connections with original works of art through discussions, art making and multi–sensory activities.

Contact: Meredith Wong,, 212-423-3225

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The Memory Arts Café 
A series of free cultural events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, their caregivers and the general public. The Café is co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and features guest artists including musicians, magicians, poets and dancers.  Every Café is free and open to the public.

Contact: 718-499-7701 |

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s – “Met Escapes”
A participatory event that includes discussions, handling sessions, art making, and other multi-sensory activities.

Contact: Rebecca McGinnis / Deborah Jaffe,, 212-650-2010

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Museum of Modern Art - “Meet Me at MoMA”
Provides a forum for dialogue for people with dementia and their care partners through looking at art.

Contact: Lara Schweller,, 212-408-6347

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Arts & Minds at The New York Historical Society
Explore the art and history of New York and the nation through gallery discussion followed by art-making workshops.

Contact: Carolyn Halpin-Healy,, 646-755-3726

Arts & Minds at The Studio Museum of Harlem
Description: Adults with memory loss and their caregivers engage the power of art through gallery discussion followed by art-making workshops.

Contact: Carolyn Halpin-Healy,, 646-755-3726

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Harlem Arts Story from Contessa Gayles

Rhythm Break Cares – “Tea Dance Social”
At Rhythm Break Cares, our mission is to help as many individuals that we can through the restorative power of music, movement and touch; while also in partnership with assisted living residences, researchers and other organizations working towards the same cause.

Contact: (646) 742-9014 or email us at

The Rubin Museum of Art - “Mindful Connections”
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.

Contact: Lyndsey Anderson,, 212-620-5000 ext 336

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