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Empowering Caregivers

Mindful Looking, Conversation, and Community

Thursday, June 27, 2024
11:30 AM–12:30 PM

On the third Thursday of every month through June 27, 2024, join the Rubin’s community of caregivers for a free, in-person program of art and connection. Guided by art in the collection, Rubin docents and staff lead close looking, creative exercises, and engaging discussion in the galleries. The program begins with a tour and conversation, which explore how contemporary and traditional Buddhist artworks can inspire new perspectives and pathways to empowerment. Participants are invited to consider the power dynamics in their own lives and open their minds to a different understanding of their own agency. We also examine concepts of interdependence and fluidity by listening to the stories and teachings of historical Buddhist figures. 

Participants are joined each month by Meredith Wong, the director of connect2culture® at CaringKind, New York City’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. Connect2culture® creates and promotes interactive, non-clinical opportunities for people living with dementia and their caregivers by collaborating with cultural organizations throughout the city. The Rubin’s partnership with CaringKind provides caregivers the opportunity to speak with a professional who is specifically trained to address their questions, share valuable advice, and support their wellbeing. 

The tour is followed by a gathering in the café, where participants can enjoy complimentary refreshments and lively conversation to build connections and strengthen the caregiver community. This event is intended for caregivers and not for persons with dementia.

The Empowering Caregivers program will run through June 2024 and end in advance of the Rubin closing the 17th street building on October 6.


Program Consultant

Meredith Wong, director of connect2culture® at CaringKind, is a museum educator who has helped to develop access programs for adults with disabilities in museums through training and education. Raising awareness about the needs of families impacted by dementia, she educates cultural professionals on how to engage people living with dementia and their care partners through shared guided experiences.

Meredith is a native New Yorker who serves as a resource for dementia-friendly cultural programming in the lively cultural life of the city. She has presented at art and disability conferences to museum professionals and families interested in this specialized programming in museums, the performing arts, and botanical gardens. She earned a BA in art history from Goucher College and an MAT in museum education from George Washington University.


Major support for Empowering Caregivers is provided by the Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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