"Meet Me at MoMA" is MoMA's free program for people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and related dementias and their caregivers. Through the program, MoMA offers interactive gallery tours, led by trained educators, to individuals once each month from September through June, and to groups from day care centers and assisted living facilities upon request year-round. MoMA also offers a multi-week series of art making classes. The goal is to provide people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers with mutually beneficial opportunities for self expression, connection, and learning that enrich their lives. "Meet Me at MoMA" is the 2009 recipient of the The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award, Creative Expression category.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Through the leadership of its Trustees and staff, The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of unparalleled significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory that are recognized as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of preeminent intellectual merit.
New York, NY
How does it work?
Three full-time staff oversee MoMA's Community and Access Programs including "Meet Me at MoMA." Trained freelance educators with expertise in art, museum education, and working with people with Alzheimer's lead each gallery tour and art making class. Each educator works with a small group of up to 15 people to encourage expression and dialogue. Combined, they serve up to 90 people every month. Volunteers accompany groups to assist with logistics.
Why is it successful?
MoMA is among the first art museums to offer programming to meet the needs of people with Alzheimer's. Results from formal evaluations indicate significant findings such as improved mood for people with Alzheimer's and family caregivers, Participants value learning, experiencing great art together, and socializing. In addition, enthusiastic participant feedback indicates success in meeting these goals. Program participants number over 1,700 annually. Programming is scalable and replicable.
For more information: www.moma.org