I n an effort to formalize our ever-expanding cultural arts programs, we are thrilled to announce the Alzheimerís Association, New York City Chapterís connect2culture program. connect2culture is the new umbrella under which all of our cultural programs fall, including
Greet Art, Social Tea Dance, We Sing!, and art making workshops. connect2culture aims to provide family and professional caregivers, as well as people with dementia in many cases, with new ways to utilize culture to enhance relationships, along with myriad opportunities to do so.

Here are some updates on past and future connect2culture

Greet Art, our flagship cultural arts program which launched nearly two years ago, introduces professional and family caregivers to outstanding art museums throughout New York City. The two primary goals of Greet Art are to provide caregivers of people with dementia with new tools to enhance communication through art, both in museums and at home, and to provide caregivers with opportunities for respite and socialization.

Since the launch of Greet Art, the Chapter has had the opportunity to successfully collaborate with educators at the Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Folk Art Museum, and The Rubin Museum of Art. Through these collaborations we have brought Greet Art to a substantial number of family and professional caregivers.

Upcoming Greet Art events include The American Folk Art Museum on May 10th, and The Rubin Museum of Art on June 8th. For more information, please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900.

The talented, professional ballroom dancers of Rhythm Breaks Cares (RBC) piloted a Social Tea Dance for people with dementia and their caregivers on January 24th. Each person joined in as they were able and took pleasure in the stimulating music and expert dance instruction in a splendid dance studio environment. One person with dementia who arrived in a wheelchair eventually stood with assistance to dance. Another person, who was reluctant to attend, ended up on the dance floor for nearly the entire session. The conga line was fully subscribed! The second event was held on March 24th and the next Social Tea Dance will be announced soon. For information call Rhythm Breaks Cares Studio 646-742-9014.