“Sheltering in place” just got more creative! Scottsdale Arts’ Memory Lounge: Home Visits program brings professional artists and creative activities to you, twice each month, during the pandemic. It is a program for people living with dementia and their care partners, and it is also a creative aging program open to others interested in joining in!

Memory Lounge: Home Visits is a virtual program, delivered by Zoom—an easy-to-use online application.  

This spring, Memory Lounge offers both music appreciation and creative visual art workshops, all led by professional artists. On the first Friday of the month, a four-part music series will take participants on a tour of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary periods and musical styles, and it will explore selected works through the lens of storytelling. On third Fridays, you can enjoy a fun selection of creative art-making workshops! Please register two weeks before any art-making workshops so we can send supplies to you in advance.

First and third Fridays, from 1:30–2:30 p.m. 

Please register below for the dates that interest you. 


Summer Workshops

First Friday Art-Making Workshops 

Join us on first Fridays in June and August for art-making workshops led by professional artists. We will send the supplies to you prior to the workshop date. The nominal cost covers shipping; please be sure to register by the date given to ensure that you’ll receive your supplies in time! 


June 4: Tree Ring Designs with Kyllan Maney (photo) 

Create colorful and unique wooden coasters or wall hangings using the natural markings in the wood slices to guide you. This activity is both fun and meditative. You are bound to leave more mellow that you are when you arrive! Order kit: $10 for one, $15 for two delivered to the same address. Please register by May 26. 


August 6: Nature Shapes with Clay with Mary Meyer 

Leaves are ubiquitous, humble constructs of the natural world. They come in myriad shapes and sizes, and no two are exactly the same. A single leaf can symbolize stillness, solitude, growth, change. It also has the ability to evoke a memory of time and place, a moment from childhood, or one’s connection with nature.

To imprint is to mark a surface by physically pressing something into it, or to fix an image or thought firmly into memory. This workshop uses air-dry clay to create objects that explore personal narratives and metaphors inspired by leaves and the memories they may hold. It focuses on meditative processes and techniques like imprinting and hand building to investigate shape, form, pattern, and color. 


Third Friday Music Series 

Join us on third Fridays for our new music series, In the Spotlight: Finally! In each session you will meet a member of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, who will tell us about their instruments, play for us, and let us know why they chose them even though they rarely have any solo parts! We will meet Douglas Brown, bassoonist; Karen Bea, violist; and Kevin Bock, tubaist. These workshops are free. 


June 18: In the Spotlight: Finally!
Douglas Brown, Bassoon 

Did you know that the bassoon is one of the most difficult instruments to play? It is a woodwind instrument known for its expressive, warm vibrato. Enjoy hearing its distinctive tone and color, and find out so much more from someone who has mastered it. This workshop will be led by Douglas Brown. 


July 16: In the Spotlight: Finally!
Karen Bea, Violin 

Almost everyone has spent more time listening to music from a violin than that from a viola. What are the similarities and differences in the two instruments? How do each play an important role in the quality of the orchestral sound as a whole? Join violist Karen Bea, who will engage us in conversation about this lesser-known stringed instrument. 


August 20: In the Spotlight: Finally!
Kevin Bock, Tuba 

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from the tuba recital! This session will re-direct all of those proverbial chickens back to the auditorium because the tuba is a fascinating instrument with a rich history and unique sound. Join tubaist Kevin Bock for a first-hand account of why the tuba is truly an instrument worthy of a closer look. 

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Karen Bea, Violin 

Friday, Jul. 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

MEMORY LOUNGE: Nature Shapes with Clay

Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Bock, Tuba 

Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

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