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Folk Art Reflections

This multi-faceted, interactive, and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members or caregivers brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. The program has been highlighted in The West Side Spirit and The Queens Chronicle and is led by Art Therapist and Access Educator Elizabeth Gronke.

We offer a monthly zoom program that is discussion-based and centers on a selection of artworks that are based on a theme. Fun, lively, and conversational sessions, these programs are open to anyone living with dementia to join with or without a care partner.

The Museum also organizes quarterly music programs on Zoom. During the musical portion, participants are encouraged to move to the music. We draw inspiration for the musical selections based on artworks from the Museum’s collection and in between songs, we chat about the works presented.

Also quarterly, the Museum offers sessions designed just for those caring for someone with a dementia diagnosis. Designed for care partners who are already familiar with our other programs, the goal is to offer the care partners a restful, enjoyable art experience in the company of others who understand the challenges of caregiving. These sessions are being offered on zoom.

We provide hands-on art-making sessions for local day programs, residences, and dementia support organizations in their own settings and our YouTube channel has a series of short “Video Visits” that are meant to be like mini art talks that last 10-15 minutes. Produced to be viewed with a facilitator who can pause the video at intervals and lead conversations art, the videos are a nice way to spend time together.

For more information, please email Elizabeth Gronke: or call 212.595. 9533, ext. 381

The Museum is accessible to visitors with special needs. Contact Elizabeth Gronke at or 212. 595. 9533, ext. 381

This program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.