Studio Museum in Harlem

Pop-Up programs while the museum rebuilds

Columbia University Community Wellness Center
610 W 129th Street
between Broadway and 12 Ave
Tuesdays at 2pm
May 15
June 12

Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
Fridays at 11
April 13
May 11
June 8

Reservations for all programs: 646-755-3726

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street
Tuesdays at 2pm
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 31
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Ave at 119 Street
Tuesdays at 2pm in English
May 1

June 19

Thursdays at 2pm en español
May 24
June 14

Visit the exhibition:
Things Held Within/Llevo Cosas muy Adentro
Selected works from Arts & Minds 2010-2017

On view April 20 – June 23, 2018
Mon – Fri9am to 6pm
Sat – Sun12 noon to 6pm

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street)

New-York Historical Society

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

2 Programs available each Monday

Series B: 1-2:15pm
Series A: 3-4:30pm

April 23
May 7, 21
June 4, 18
July 9, 23
August 6, 20
September 10, 24
October 1, 22
November 19, 26
December 3, 17

Reserve your place: 646-755-3726

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5 Avenida con la calle 81, New York City

Ahora en el MET

Jueves a las 2 pm

5 y 19 de Abril
3 y 17 de Mayo
7 y 21 de Junio
5 y 19 de Julio
2 y 16 de Agosto
6 y 20 de Septiembre

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 . . .

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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.