Studio Museum in Harlem

Pop-Up programs while the museum rebuilds

Columbia University Community Wellness Center at Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
610 W 130th Street, west of Broadway
Tuesdays at 2pm
February 5
March 5

The Wallach Art Gallery | Columbia University
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th St
Enter on 125th St, west of Broadway
Wednesdays: 1:30-3pm
February 6

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street
Tuesdays: 2-3:30pm

January 29, 2019
February 26, 2019
March 26, 2019
April 30, 2019

Sugar Hill Museum
898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street
Tuesdays at 2pm
To be announced

Schomburg Center
Tuesdays: 2pm
February 19

Reservations for all programs are required. Call 646-755-3726

New-York Historical Society

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

2 Programs available each Monday

Series B: 1-2pm
Series A: 2:30-4pm
February 4
March and 25
April 8 and 22 

Reserve your place: 646-755-3726

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5 Avenida con la calle 81, New York City

Ahora en el MET en Español

Jueves a las 2 pm

febrero 7 y 21
marzo 21
abril 18
mayo 16
junio 20
julio 18
agosto 15
septiembre 19
octubre 17
noviembre 21
diciembre 19

Todos los programas son gratuitos pero se requiere reserva previa.

Haga su reserva llamando al teléfono 646-755-3726 o contacte con la coordinadora del programa, Nellie Escalante:

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.

Our People


Teaching Artists


Arts & Minds partners with museums, foundations, and institutions of higher learning . . .

. . . find out how you can join us

What caregivers are saying about our museum based experiences for people with dementia:

  • 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.