The Memory Arts Café is 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.  Read about the Café in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America magazine, Care ADvantage, Winter 2013, page 16.

Every Café is free and open to the public. Please join us next time. You’ll be glad you did!

Please join us for  “Songs of Your Life” — an evening of musical memories with pianist and singer Scott Steelman

Wednesday, September 24
6 – 8 pm
New York Memory Center

199 14th Street at 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)

Scott Steelman on tour from Columbus, Ohio has spent his life as an artist, teacher, writer, producer, musician and composer. After performing many years for elders, he has developed a multifaceted program called “InnerActive Arts.” The goal of this innovative program is to utilize poetry, music, humor, story-making, rhythm circles and other art-based activities to enhance the quality of life for residents of senior care facilities.

“InnerActive Arts” seeks to build a culture of creativity and a sense of community that connects each “Inner” person to the world. Expressive arts transcend normal language as a means of communication to link people together. When a person is “Active”, that is, making, doing and expressing at any level, awareness and cognition can improve. A positive arts experience provides stimulation and fulfillment for participants and gives meaning to their environment.

For info: call (718) 499-7701 or visit

Celebration of Creativity
June 28, 2014
Brooklyn Public Library

Photos are posted on our Picassa page.

Please join us in the fall for more great Memory Arts Cafe programs!

Barbecue and entertainment featuring percussionist Gabriella Dennery, hosted by poet Gary Glazner

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

See the photos online here.

The March 22 field trip to BRIC House was great.

Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC) is a wonderful new arts center right here at 647 Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn. If you’ve never seen it, plan to make a trip there yourselves. See their website for the latest exhibits and events.

Twenty-four people joined the Memory Arts Cafe tour with poet Gary Glazner. We saw all of Brooklyn’s newest state of the art gallery and performance space. The “Art into Music” exhibit provided an excellent source of inspiration for the creation of a new poem by all of us under Gary’s direction.

All Cafe programs are free and open to the public • For information please call 718-499-7701.

2014 Valentine’s Dance with music of accordionist Ismail Butera and singer Deborah Karpel
Hosted by poet Gary Glazner

Accordionist Ismail Butera, a founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer, and Deborah Karpel, pop singing classically trained opera diva, gave us great entertainment and music to dance to!

Ten Years of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project!
December’s Cafe celebrated the Poetry Project and founder Gary Glazner 

A special party featured Elders Share the Arts Pearls of Wisdom Storytellers,  Jazz Trumpeter Jesse Neuman,  APP founder and poet Gary Glazner,  and the creation of a new song by the audience led by Neuman and Glazner. See some photos by Mei Yu on our Picassa photos page.


See photos from our October Memory Arts Café at the Brooklyn Public Library

We met in the Trustees Room with a beautiful view of Grand Army Plaza. Gary Glazner read poetry by William Blake (rhymes cake and snake and bake and…) and himself. We looked at beautiful oversized art books, including familiar works by Michelangelo and Norman Rockwell.

And we wrote our own poem:  “When I hear book” — here are some lines from our poem:


When I hear book
I think reading, Escaping what you’re living
I’m an avid reader, I can read a book a night

When I hear book
I think quiet
I worked in the library
I knew all about the Dewey Decibel system

When I hear book
Quite a few things come to mind
For instance, Michealangelo
I can look at his book and suddenly I’m in Rome

When I hear book
I think education
I think of the magic
Inside the covers….

Watch us on PBS NewsHour!

Memory Arts Café at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturday, June 29th, 2013

See photos from our garden walk and other Cafe programs on our Picassa photo page.

Poet Gary Glazner led a tour of the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden when the roses were blooming in the Cranford Rose Garden.

Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has come to represent today the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. The Cranford Rose Garden has been one of BBG’s most popular attractions since it first opened in 1928. In June, when the roses are in full bloom, tens of thousands of blossoms cascade down arches, climb up lattices, clamber over the pavilion, and pose in formal beds. Here, in one of the largest collections in North America, over a thousand kinds of roses are cultivated.

Thanks to the Brooklyn Museum, performers, and everyone who attended our
First Anniversary Celebration of the Memory Arts Café on Saturday, May 25, 2013 

Pictured here left to right are museum host Adelia Gregory, jazz trumpeter Jesse Neuman, poet and master-of-ceremonies Gary Glazner, and Stine Moen and Hooba from the Rhythm Break Cares Dance Company.

Along with the entertainment followed by a reception with great food, we loved the touchable art.

Photos by Carole Debee.

Click here for reports and photos from earlier programs

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