Memory Lounge

Memory Lounge is an arts program for people with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners. Engagement in the arts can improve your quality of life by: 

  • Improving mood and outlook  
  • Lessening the effects of depression and/or anxiety  
  • Offering a comfortable social outing  
  • Giving you wonderful moments together 
  • Putting something FUN in your calendar!  

Each series will introduce you to professional artists who will lead workshops in visual arts, music, dance, or theatre. Additionally, you will see the current exhibitions at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and engage in discussions about the artworks, ideas, and artists. This is a wonderful self-care opportunity that promises to create new joyful memories! 

Workshops take place twice each month from 1–2:30 p.m. 


Spring 2024 Series

Members receive 10% off ticket prices.

Jan. 19, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Gentle Play     
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Amy Carpenter and Liz Hutchman host a workshop filled with joyful improvisation games that allow play and laughter to be shared between care partners and loved ones. The fundamentals of improvisation are based on acceptance, agreement, and being engaged in the moment, and this workshop will inspire new ways to connect and communicate.

$20 per couple

Feb. 2, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: The Human Heart and Valentine’s Day   
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Monica Martinez incorporates images of anatomy in many of her colorful and expressive paintings. Make your own unique Valentine’s Day card inspired by human heart anatomy!

$20 per couple

Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Mindful Rhythms     
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Holly Cluff is the founder of TaikoMIND, an organization that teaches mindfulness and meditation through the rhythms of Taiko drumming. Playing rhythms in a team is irresistible fun—and easy to learn. It is a great way to learn about culture, music, performance art, team building, and mindfulness. Come join us!

$20 per couple

Mar. 1, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Socks for Spring!     
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Create colorful and exquisitely artsy socks in this natural dye workshop with Lara Plecas. Why are they called socks for spring? Because we will use spring flowers to dye the socks a rainbow of colors!

$20 per couple

Mar. 15, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Acrylic Pouring     
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Enjoy the MAGIC of this painting process! Everyone will create their own unique masterpiece, suitable for framing. Ann Halvorson, program participant and artist, will lead this workshop.

$20 per couple

Apr. 12, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Drawing for Relaxation
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Science now proves that drawing stimulates brain systems that help us de-stress and maintain a positive feeling of well-being. Join artist Jay Hardin in this workshop that will guide us to focus on the present, relax, and feel good!

$20 per couple

Apr. 19, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Art Workshop with Carolyn Lavender    
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Enjoy telling a story through charcoal drawing. This workshop will teach participants how a picture really can be worth a thousand words!

$20 per couple

May 3, 12:30 p.m. 
Memory Lounge: Printmaking 101     
Center Space gallery, located inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

In this workshop, you will create a small series of relief prints using a printing press. Diana Calderon will also guide you on making prints at home without a press.

$20 per couple

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Memory Lounge | Pastel Skyscapes with Ellen Wagener 

Friday, May 20, 2022, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge | Musical Memory Care with Shannon Wallace 

Friday, Jun 3, 2022, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Memory Lounge | Creating with Clay: 3-D Portraits with Danielle Wood  

Friday, Jun 17, 2022, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge | Creating with Clay: 3-D Portraits with Danielle Wood

Friday, Jul 22, 2022, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge | Creating with Clay: 3-D Portraits with Danielle Wood

Friday, Aug 19, 2022, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge Series 1

Friday, Sep 16, 2022, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge Series 2

Friday, Nov 18, 2022, 1 p.m. - Friday, Jan 6, 2023, 2:30 p.m.

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Friday, Feb 17, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Friday, Mar 3, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Friday, Mar 17, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Friday, Apr 7, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Friday, Apr 21, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Friday, May 5, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: The Magic of Surrealism with Linda Storey-London, Part 2 

Friday, Jul 21, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Improv with Amy Carpenter and Elizabeth Hutchman 

Friday, Aug 4, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: The Beauty of Branches with Ellen Wagener 

Friday, Aug 25, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: UofA Music Students 

Friday, Sep 1, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Lara Plecas 

Friday, Sep 22, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Chance Phillips 

Friday, Oct 13, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Cynthia Standley 

Friday, Oct 20, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Mary Shindell 

Friday, Nov 10, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Keith Johnson 

Friday, Nov 17, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Melissa Waddell 

Friday, Dec 1, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Kyllan Maney  

Friday, Dec 15, 2023, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Gentle Play

Friday, Jan 19, 2024, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: The Human Heart and Valentine’s Day

Friday, Feb 2, 2024, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Mindful Rhythms

Friday, Feb 16, 2024, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Socks for Spring!

Friday, Mar 1, 2024, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Acrylic Pouring

Friday, Mar 15, 2024, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Memory Lounge: Drawing for Relaxation

Friday, Apr 12, 2024, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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