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AN EVENING AT MOMA

Hosted by the NYC Regional Arts in Healthcare Group
and Access Programs at MoMA


April 25, 2012
6:00 - 8:00pm
The Museum of Modern Art
Cullman Education and Research Building
Entrance at 4 West 54 Street
New York, NY 10019


Please join us for an exciting spring event at The Museum of Modern Art hosted by Access Programs for our local Arts in Healthcare network. The evening will begin with a private guided tour of the museum, followed by presentations and experientials from three members of the NYC Regional Arts in Healthcare Group:

Carrie McGee is the Associate Educator for Community and Access Programs in the Department of Education at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She and her colleagues have won international respect for MoMA’s unique efforts to make the Museum’s extensive resources, collection, and programs accessible to all. Carrie develops programming for visitors with disabilities, including individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. She also teaches gallery and studio programs for a variety of audiences, including nursing and medical students, and trains museum educators. Carrie has been a featured speaker at numerous national and international conferences. In 2009, she co-authored Meet Me: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia.

David Leventhal
is a founding teacher and Program Manager for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 60 communities in seven countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. He has written about the Dance for PD program for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two upcoming books: one called Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Lexington Books), and one called Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is a frequent guest speaker at Parkinson’s conferences and symposiums, and has been a presenter at the annual meetings of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH). He begins a three-year term on the SAH's Board of Directors in May 2012. As a performer, he danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, performing principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his performing career with Mark Morris.

Nitza Horner Nitza Horner has been a teaching artist and freelance educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2003. She leads tours and art making workshops for families and visitors with special needs using a “multi-sensory” approach. Using intuition, empathy, touch, sounds, organic fragrances, and light, these programs create a relaxed environment that nurture individuals’ abilities to explore art and experience a sense of wellness and empowerment. Nitza is an Artist-in-Residence at "Wilma's Studio", a part of The Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University. The program takes place in the Pediatric Oncology Clinic where the artists engage patients, their parents and siblings in meaningful self-expression through art, improving the entire clinic experience. Creator/leader of a unique program entitled “Paint the Music”
Nitza inspires integrated audiences to create original artwork inspired by live jazz. She is a recent recipient of a grant by the Puffin Foundation to create an art exhibit following a "paint the music" event for Alzheimer's patients, care givers and health professionals. Nitza’s work at the Met was featured in the award winning film by Alexandra Isles called Hidden Treasures: stories from a great museum. A sculptor, she works in stone, concrete, plaster, clay, and mixed media. To learn more about Nitza Horner go to www.nitzahorner.com.

Time will be allotted for discussion and to meet and greet your fellow NYC Arts in Healthcare professionals over wine and cheese. During this portion of the evening we will also be presenting a slide show of group member programs and projects.


SPACE IS LIMITED so please RSVP as soon as possible to the evite or to rachel.brusky@yahoo.com, to receive an evite. We must ask you to only rsvp yes if you are sure that you can get there by 6:00pm. The museum will be closed to the public during the event, and their security guards will be with us on the tour, so there will be no entrance for late-comers. We must also ask you to refrain from bringing guests, as there are only 50 spaces.

Please make sure to enter the building at the Cullman Education and Research Building, Entrance at 4 West 54 Street.