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Memory Connections

Memory Connections

For Visitors with Dementia and their Caregivers

Monthly Online Program

Memory Connections is a free program for people living with dementia and their caregivers. On the second Thursday of every month, trained teaching artists and special performers facilitate an online experience designed to promote engagement between participants and the art and cultures of the Himalayan region.

Historically, the vast array of cultures in the Himalayan region place a strong emphasis on healing through mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom. These teachings inform the Memory Connections program, offering participants the opportunity to experience holistic approaches to healing that take the whole person into consideration.

The program begins with 30 minutes of close looking, discussion, and interpretation of traditional and contemporary Himalayan art. Our experienced teaching artists present objects from the Museum’s collection in a way that is stimulating and interactive, encouraging conversation among participants and cultivating community. We then invite a different special performer each month to guide participants through an activity that supports their physical, mental, and/or emotional well-being. Examples include mindfulness meditation, yoga, healing practices, poetry writing, vocal performances, and art therapy, among others.

Please note, Memory Connections was previously named Mindful Connections.


Upcoming Events

Find the Zoom link to connect to the program in your confirmation email. View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information or contact our Box Office at for assistance.
Thursday, March 14, 2024
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2024
11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Major support for Memory Connections is provided by the Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.
Mellon Foundation The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
Detail of Chakrasamvara; Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1997.49.1 (HAR 895)