December 12, 2012 – The Memory Arts Café and Holiday Party was a great success. The room was full and the desserts were excellent. (Josephine Brown, Program Director and amazing cook even made homemade canoli – yum.) The evening was hosted by Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, who had the audience quiet the room to get ready for the program to begin. Gary created and read a holiday poem with lines from everyone in the room (hear the poem on YouTube). Percussionist-in-Residence David Azarch brought instruments that provided the background beat for the reading. Thanks to Multimedia Artist in Residence Tara Kacak for her painting; Ismail Butera, Musician in Residence (accordian); and Jennie Smith Peers of Elders Share the Arts for the fun Improv. Watch the slideshow below for some photos from the evening. (Please wait a minute for the slideshow to load.)

Our December party included presentation of a donation from the staff of Corcoran, whose donations to Corcoran Cares generated a $5,000 contribution to the Center. Patrice Mack of Corcoran and New York Memory Center Board President Allan Kramer II hold the check. Others (l to r): Program Director Josephine Brown, Executive Director Christopher Nadeau, Board Member Mary Brennan, Patrice and Allan, Percussionist-in-Residence David Azarch, Poet-in-Residence Gary Glazner, Multimedia Artist-in-Residence Tara Kacak, and in front, Board Member Joan Minov.

Photos by Ruth Benn.