museum based

experiences for

people with dementia

and their caregivers




The Studio Museum in Harlem

144 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X Boulevards,
New York City

Tuesdays at 2pm

Series A:

March 7, 21
April 25
May 9, 23
June 6, 20
July 11, 25

Series B:

March 14, 28
May 2, 16, 30
June 13, 27
July 18

New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West at 77th Street,
New York City

2 Programs available each Monday

Series B: 1-2:30pm
Series A: 3-4:30pm

March 13, 27
April 10
May 8, 22
June 12, 26

El Museo del Barrio

1230 5th Ave at 104th Street, New York City

Jueves a las 2 pm

2 y 16 de marzo
6 y 20 de abril
4 y 18 de mayo
1 y 15 de junio

Haga su reserva llamando al teléfono 646-755-3726

Para más información sobre Arts & Minds, contacte a Carolyn Halpin-Healy por correo electrónico a


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Art has the power to inspire and transform. With that in mind, Arts & Minds brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together in new experiences of art. Through gallery discussions and hands-on art activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being.  All programs are free, but reservations are required.

About Us

Our Mission: Arts & Minds is a non-profit organization committed to improving quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through engagement with art. We partner with museums to provide meaningful art-centered activities that create positive emotional and cognitive experiences, enhance verbal and non-verbal communication, reduce isolation and build social networks. Our programs empower people with dementia, family members, professional caregivers and educators to strengthen social, emotional and spiritual bonds by engaging with art.

The ART side: Art has the power to inspire and transform. It opens our eyes and minds and enhances our interactions with others. The experience of looking closely allows us to appreciate beauty, exchange ideas, share memories or simply respond to the work in front of us. Art interpretation taps into cognition, emotion and memory to take us to the
heart of what it means to be human. Making art in hands-on workshops allows us to express ourselves creatively with or without words. Through shared aesthetic experiences, care partners learn that, despite cognitive changes, they are able to interact with a greater sense of who they are.

The SCIENCE side: Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common medical conditions associated with aging. Existing medications target memory loss, mood disorders, and behavioral disruptions, but there is not yet a cure. Caring for a person with dementia challenges the stamina, psychological wellbeing and general health of family, friends, and professional caregivers. The condition known as caregiver burnout is perhaps one of the more subtle problems accompanying Alzheimer’s disease. Non-drug interventions, including cognitively and emotionally stimulating arts activities, can benefit both patients and caregivers. Arts & Minds gives caregivers the tools—from brushes to positive experiences—to use in living well. Participants tell us that our programs create positive emotional connections with art and one another.


• Arts & Minds has received the 2015 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award for our exceptional program serving diverse/multicultural communities at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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What people are saying about us

  • With deep appreciation for all this organization does for families dealing with dementia.

  • It’s a good experience, let me tell you. I enjoy art and I enjoy being around people who know about art.

  • It’s amazing what you’ve done! There aren’t many interesting things for us to do. We’re going to come every week.

  • I KNOW my mom's life would have been hugely enhanced by participating in the Arts & Minds program. She felt so un-included toward the end of her life.

  • Thank you for the programs you run. My husband is getting so much out of attending Arts & Minds.

  • It's wonderful to see how your thoughtful and ground-breaking work is truly enriching people's lives.

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