The NCMA offers a variety of experiences for those whose lives are affected by memory loss. Research shows just how enriching the arts are to this community. We aim to provide experiences that combat social isolation and opportunities for joy, creativity, refuge, and connection.

Creative Impressions

Mindful art observation and artmaking for those with memory loss and their care partners.

We come to you! As part of our statewide outreach initiatives to bring NCMA experiences across North Carolina, we offer this in-person program specifically adapted for people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other forms of memory loss and their care partner(s). Please review this detailed document to learn more and determine if your site or organization is a good fit for this program.

During this 90-minute program, staff from the NCMA guide you through a fun and mindful observation of an artwork from the Museum’s collection as well as sensory engagements and an art-making activity related to the object. This is an interactive experience where sharing and discussion are encouraged. Free, with all materials provided. Limited to 16 participants. At least four weeks’ advanced notice is needed to schedule.

Virtual Slow Art Appreciation

Inquiry-based, relaxing, and social art observation for care partners.

This popular 60-minute Mindful Museum program occurs over Zoom. It has been adapted specifically for care partners to have their own experience with art, mindfulness, and each other. This can be an opportunity to relax, be present, share space, or for anything else they might cultivate from it. Free of charge. Limited to 30 people. At least two weeks’ advanced notice is needed to schedule.

Slow art is a practice to mindfully observe and communally appreciate art. Participants are guided through a brief meditation and centering practice followed by an intentional observation of a work of art from the NCMA collection. Sharing and participation are an important part of the experience. Learn more about slow art.

On-site Group Tour

Guided experience in the NCMA galleries for those with memory loss and their care partners.

This in-person, 90-minute experience is tailored to your group’s specific needs and abilities. The program is offered when the Museum is closed to the public to ensure a quiet and controlled environment.

It includes a guided observation with sensory engagements, open discussions, and an activity such as art making, live music, or dancing that brings the artwork to life. It concludes with complementary drinks and snacks in our café and time to socialize. Free of charge. Limited to 12 people. Availability is limited; these tours are scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

For more information or to schedule a program, contact

Bryanne Senor at bryanne.senor@ncdcr.gov.

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