Alzheimer's Poetry Project & New York Memory Center
Present: Memory Arts Cafe

Memory Arts Cafe is a series of free art events for people living with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers and the general public and is co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. The series includes light refreshments and the opportunity to chat with the guest artists.

Picnic in the Park
Saturday, August 31st, 10:30am
Prospect Park (Lincoln Road and Ocean Park Entrance)

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Special Guest: United States Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey

Please join for a Memory Arts Cafe field trip to Prospect Park. We will visit the Boathouse, watch swans glide on a lake and see a waterfall. We will take in the park's most famous tree the "Camperdown Elm," which was planted in Brooklyn in 1872. It's one of only a few surviving trees in the world grafted from an elm on the estate of the Earl of Camperdown in Scotland.

Poet Gary Glazner will lead the group in the creation of a new poem inspired by the nature of Prospect Park. Yes! It will be an easy walk in the park.

In 2012, Trethewey was named as 19th U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. Trethewey plans to travel to cities and towns across the country meeting with the general public to seek out the many ways poetry lives in American communities and report on her discoveries in a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series.

The New York Memory Center is a Brooklyn based agency providing services to adults with cognitive, physical, and emotional limitations to help them enjoy life beyond diagnosis of memory loss.

http://nymemorycenter.org/

The Memory Arts Cafe is sponsored, in part, by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, and the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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Jesse Neuman and Stine Moen of Rhythm Break Cares Dance Company celebrate the Memory Arts Cafe one year anniversary at at the Brooklyn Museum.

Photo credit Carole Debeer.

MEMORY ARTS CAFE CELEBRATION at the Brooklyn Museum

One year celebration of Memory Arts Cafe Events! FREE
Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY, 11238, Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
For info Email: access@brooklynmuseum.org

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Individuals with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers, and the general public are all invited to join this celebration of the Memory Arts Cafe, featuring jazz trumpeter Jesse Neuman and the Rhythm Break Cares Dance Company with Stine Moen and Hooba. Coproduced by the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Memory Center. Hosted by Gary Glazner of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. Reception to follow. FREE!

CommuniTea with Poetry

This Memory Arts Cafe event features the dance company Rhythm Break Cares (RBC).
Wednesday, March 13th, at 6 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th Street at 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)
For info: call (718) 499-7701 or visit alzpoetry.com

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Please come join us for a Community Tea in artist Michele Brody and poet Gary Glazner. Together we will share in the warmth of drinking tea while reading and creating poetry. This program is part of an ongoing public art project created by Brody to share stories and memories about tea written onto stained tea bags. Michele Brody creates site-specific, mixed media installations and works of public art that are generated by the history, culture, environment, and architecture of a wide range of exhibition spaces. While living and working in such places as France, Costa Rica, California, the Midwest, Germany, and her home of New York, her art career has developed into a process of working in collaboration with each new community.

More info at: http://michelebrody.com/

Valentine's Dance at the Memory Arts Cafe

This Memory Arts Cafe event features the dance company Rhythm Break Cares (RBC).
Wednesday, February 13th, at 6 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th Street at 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)
For info: call (718) 499-7701 or visit alzpoetry.com

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Please join us for an evening of fun, dancing and socializing. RBC takes a unique and highly effective approach to address the widespread and immediate needs of individuals with Alzheimer's, associated dementias, and their caregivers, by engaging them in partner dance as a means to improve their quality of life. Since 2009, RBC has successfully offered this interesting form of dance therapy, which capitalizes on the demonstrated benefits of music, movement and touch. Their sessions provide a rare opportunity for patients and their caregivers to escape some of the burdens associated with Alzheimer's and dementia, in a stress-free environment where they can observe, participate and be entertained.

More info at: http://rhythmbreakcares.wordpress.com/category/dance-for-alzheimers/

This Memory Arts Cafe event features Jesse Neuman, founder of MusicWorks. He will play jazz favorites and lead the audience in the creation of new song. Poet Gary Glazner will host the event.

Wednesday, October 10th, at 6 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th Street at 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)
For info: call (718) 499-7701

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Jesse Neuman (trumpeter / improviser / composer / educator) has been an active member of New York City's creative music scene since 1998. He has performed at notable venues such as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Joe's Pub, Birdland, Blue Note, Barbes, Zebulon, Knitting Factory, Celebrate Brooklyn, Highline Ballroom, Galapagos, and Bowery Ballroom. He has worked with a diverse collection of ensembles including silentZ (electric progressive jazz), Kaash (Hindustani electronica), Brooklyn Qawwali Party (devotional South Asian music), The Barbarians (funk soul jazz), Bobby Bare Jr. (southern indie rock) and Josh Ritter (singer songwriter).

Wednesday, September 12th, at 6 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th Street at 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)
For info: call (718) 499-7701

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Laurel Humble is Assistant Educator for The MoMA Alzheimer's Project. In that role she regularly teaches MoMA's programs for individuals with dementia and their caregivers and leads trainings for museum and care professionals, as well as individual caregivers. She is co-author of the award-winning publication Meet Me: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia and has presented nationally and internationally on issues related to developing and implementing programs for individuals with dementia. She and her colleagues have received awards from the Alzheimer's Association, Family Caregiver Alliance, and American Association of Museums in recognition of their efforts to make art accessible to people with dementia.

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This Memory Arts Cafe event will highlight the artists of New York Memory Center in performance. They will lead the audience in the creation of new work featuring music, dance, poetry and collage. Poet Gary Glazner will host the event. PLUS a SUMMER BBQ!

The performers and artists include: Ismail Butera, Musician in Residence; David Azarch, Percussionist in Residence; Ruth Azarch, Artist; Pamela Lawton, Artist; Jennie Smith-Peers, Improv and the Rhythm Breaks Dance Group.

Wednesday, August 8th, at 6 pm
New York Memory Center

199 14th Street at 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)
For info: call (718) 499-7701 or visit alzpoetry.com

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July's Memory Arts Cafe event featured dancer Heidi Latsky in performance and she will lead the audience in the creation of a new dance. Poet Gary Glazner will host the event.

Wednesday, July 11 at 6 pm
New York Memory Center
199 14th Street at 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Take the R to Prospect Ave.)
For info: call (718) 499-7701

About the performer:
"Latsky asks us to look at people for what they are capable of, rather than what they can't do." - The Washington Post

"Latsky...diminutive vessel of energy, concentration, and passion- personifies that state every dancer aspires to-in which intent and execution are one." -The Village Voice

HEIDI LATSKY the Artistic Director of Heidi Latsky Dance has been a moving force in the dance world for many years, as a choreographer for stage, theater and film. Latsky initially received recognition as a celebrated principal dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance. In addition to creating more than fifteen works for Heidi Latsky Dance, Latsky has been commissioned to create new work by the Cannes International Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater: Altogether Different Festival, Performance Space 122, 92nd Street Y, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Heidi Latsky Dance was a recipient of a 2006 rehearsal residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and a residency at the Abrons Arts Center, 2009 where GIMP premiered.

Latsky is an innovator in disability arts. Her piece GIMP features four trained dancers and four performers who have physical disabilities. It turns on its head accepted notions of dance, performance and body image. Latsky and company have created a piece of work that is a natural and completely unique vehicle for dialogue, increased understanding and civic engagement.

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