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Date(s) - 10/05/2017
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


creative aging

Creative aging programs are designed to inspire conversations and creativity through art. No prior experience is required and all materials are provided. Times and locations may vary.

First Thursdays: Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, 1 – 4 p.m.

SMoCA Lounge, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Arts presents a new program series for people living with early to moderate stages of dementia-related illness, and their care partners. The goal of Memory Lounge is to be an enjoyable, social outing that helps couples live in the moment as they engage in the arts. Starting in October 2017, Memory Lounge will feature artist-led workshops and museum tours, with light appetizers and soft drinks. Each workshop will focus on a specific arts discipline, including visual arts, music, dance, poetry, drama and more. Starting off our first series will be Samite, an internationally known musician who was featured in the film Alive Inside. Come join us for artful engagement and conversation.

  • Tickets: $20 per couple, per session, or $50 for a three-part series
  • Booking: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts Box Office: 480-499-TKTS (8587)
  • Contact: Laura Hales, curator of education, LHales@ScottsdaleArts.org

If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then Memory Lounge is right for you and the person you care for:

  1. Does your partner live at home?
  2. Has he or she been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia by a health care professional? If so, is s/he in mild to moderate stages, which would be defined with symptoms such as asking repetitive questions, difficulty with short-term memory, finding the right words in conversations and/or a decline in everyday planning and tasks.
  3. Can s/he stay focused and enjoy a 90-minute interactive program?
  4. Is s/he comfortable around others?
  5. Are you able to attend all sessions in the series with him/her?
  6. Do you have availability on Thursday afternoons to attend this series?

October 5:

World-renowned flute and kalimba player Samite is our special guest artist for this first Memory Lounge event. Samite was featured in the award-winning documentary Alive Inside, which spoke to music’s healing power for people with memory loss. Born in Uganda, Samite learned to play the traditional African flute. At 12, he was introduced to the Western flute, and performed for enthusiastic audiences across Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1987 and now performs worldwide. Samite will take the stage at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 6.

Attend a FREE screening of Alive Inside on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

November 2:

Trisha Burrough is a visual artist who works in a variety of different media. She enjoys exploring art with others as a road to empowerment. This workshop will focus on the formerly lost art of letter writing. Everyone will leave with a beautiful, hand-painted notecard to use how they wish.

December 7:
Allyson Yoder is a dancer, teacher and facilitator. She teaches dance for mature students at the Mesa Arts Center, and has led creative movement sessions at Oakwood Creative Care for clients with cognitive and physical challenges, including memory impairment and limited mobility. Participants will discover the neurological, physical and emotional benefits of dance firsthand.