Making Memories Through The Arts

Memories Through The Arts is a special program designed to engage people living with dementia and their care partners with cultural arts in the community. During this time of social distancing, Making Memories founder, Marcy Rhodes, has curated a collection of digital programs for audiences to enjoy free of change.

Making Memories With Music: Digital Performances

Paula Atherton

Sax player/vocalist and songwriter Paula Atherton is a busy NY musician. She has performed all over NYC at places like the Plaza, Pierre, and Waldorf hotels, as well as the Rainbow Room. Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. . Paula also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.

ThinkBIG! Theater Arts: Life is a Cabaret

Singers and Musicians from ThinkBIG! Theater Arts Life is a Cabaret project perform selections from Jukebox Musical for the Making Memories through Music project.

Marcie Castro

Marcie Castro has been thrilling audiences with her upbeat and engaging performances for many years around the world. Being multi-lingual and well traveled, she enjoys playing a large variety of International music as well as American jazz and pop hits. Her regular engagements include restaurants and private events on Long Island and Manhattan.
She is currently on staff at Hofstra University as collaborating musician and composer for Modern Dance and Ballet.”

Squeaky Clean

Squeaky Clean Band was founded in 1983 as part of the revival of 1950’s rockabilly music. Suzanne and Glenn have developed a distinctive repertoire of well-loved songs from many decades, making them popular with all age groups, from young students to senior audiences.

Gail Storm

Gail Storm is a singer, songwriter and pianist. Join her as she performs bluesy renditions of classic blues/jazz standards and traditional pop tunes. Tap your toes or put on your dancing shoes as you go down Memory Lane.

Stuart Marcus

Stuart Marcus is a founding member of Gathering Time, a favorite Long Island folk/rock band. Sing along with Stuart as he celebrates Spring, sunshine, hope and cheer! You’re sure to recognize every tune!

Roberta Fabiano

Join Roberta Fabiano in the comfort of your home as she takes us on a journey in song through the ages. Enjoy her soulful rendition of the standard selections you’re sure to recognize and sing along with her as you walk down memory lane.

Steve Cassano – Live Virtual Performance From Home

Join Steve Cassano in the comfort of your home as he sings some of our favorites. Even though we can’t be together in person we are in spirit!

About Making Memories

Making Memories through the Arts programs have welcomed hundreds of people living with memory loss and their care partners into a growing number of arts venues on Long Island for over 5 years. Recognizing that music, film and visual arts spark memories and encourage engagement, Making Memories programs offer a safe and unique environment for care partners and their loved ones to share experiences and to be inspired. Led by Marcy Rhodes, a certified special education teacher and licensed master social worker, each program is individually curated based on a specific theme or exhibition.

These programs demonstrate how engaging in the arts, as a non- pharmaceutical approach to care, enhances the lives of individuals living with memory loss and their care partners. The arts, in its many forms and shapes, have the power to connect all of us with only those deep-rooted, colorful, and emotional memories that last a lifetime.

Marcy Rhodes is a certified special education teacher and licensed master social worker. She has developed a well-established, person-centered approach to patient care in  the office of Rudansky and Winter, Neurology & Neuropsychiatry in Huntington. Currently, she works privately with clients in their homes.

Marcy collaborates with several cultural arts organizations, including Cinema Arts Centre, Gold Coast Arts Center, The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Long Island Museum of Art and The Whaling Museum & Education Center, assisting them in the development of special events for individuals with memory loss and their care partners.

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