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 Cafe is co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and features guest artists including musicians, magicians, poets and dancers. During the summer join us for Saturday programs at outdoor locations.
Please join us for our next Memory Arts Café:
Saturday, March 22, 2014 • 10 a.m.*
We’re taking a field trip to
Brooklyn Information &∓ Culture (BRIC)
647 Fulton Street
(at Rockwell Place in Downtown Brooklyn)
*Vans leave New York Memory Center, 199 14th Street, at 10 am (sharp; arrive by 9:45)
Or meet us at BRIC House at 10:30am.
Vans return to NYMC at 11:30am.
Poet Gary Glazner leads the tour as we visit Brooklyn’s newest state of the art gallery and performance space. A highlight of the event will be the creation of a poem base on the gallery exhibit “Art into Music.”
Free and Open to the Public • For information please call 718-499-7701
Another great Memory Arts Cafe:
Valentine’s Dance with music of accordionist Ismail Butera and singer Deborah Karpel. Hosted by poet Gary Glazner
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Accordionist Ismail Butera, a founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer, plays a breathtaking array of styles, most recently leading Sounds of Taraab, traditional court repertoire of Zanzibar: Arabic modes, African rhythms, Indian film melodies, and Turkish musical genres, with lyrics in Ki-Swahili. He has taught at Buffalo Gap Balkan Folk Arts Camp, played traditional Greek instruments with Smyrneiki Kompania, performed Balkan, Mediterranean and Near Eastern vocals and instrumentals with groups Sharqiya and Bogomila, and formed the Balkan Brothers duo with percussionist Seido Salifoski.He has also performed with The Klezmatics, Andy Statman, Michael Alpert, Noga Group, Yale Strom’s Hot P’Stromi (including soundtracks of The Last Klezmer and A Life Apart: Hasidim in America), and Latin folk ensemble Chameleon, in addition to playing Albanian, Armenian, Israeli, Sephardic and Persian music. He appears on all four Metropolitan Klezmer CDs. Karpel is a jazz, old time, country, pop singing classically trained opera diva who is known for her amazing range and extended repertoire, which includes singing in nine languages. Her influences are, to name a few Lilting’ Martha Tilton, Dinah Washington, Patsy Cline, Sandy Denny and Billie Holiday. Her lovely demeanor and stage presence are matched by her passionate performance skills and obvious dedication to her art.
Ten Years of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project!
Wednesday, December 18 * 6:30 to 8:30 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues
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….
Look at a story about the Memory Arts Cafe with some film from our August 31 Cafe on PBS Newshour!
Memory Arts Café at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturday, June 29th, 2013
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.
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