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.