Tea and Tour for Seniors

Organization Associated with Program
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Tea and Tour for Seniors at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art provides an opportunity for older adults to participate in a guided art museum experience and afterwards enjoy tea, treats, and conversation. The tours are facilitated by a trained museum educator or volunteer. Tea and Tour for Seniors is offered four times a year on select Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. There are around 75 participants in each tour, and the program serves approximately 300 to 500 people annually. There is a wide range of older adults in attendance, including both the able-bodied and the frail, as well as family and professional caregivers. Participants are given the opportunity to learn more about the museum's collection and discuss what they've seen during the tour with the program facilitator as well as with other participants.

Program History

One of the largest art museums in the South, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is recognized nationally for its innovative educational programs, continual community outreach, and world-class collection. The museum takes an enthusiastic leadership role in building an aspirational future for the city of Memphis. Inspiration and great accomplishments from antiquity to the present are all in evidence, and by bringing to life the objects and ideas in the collections, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art connects people to one another across cultures, time, and geography.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art enriches the lives of its diverse community through its expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs. The Tea and Tour for Seniors program helps the museum serve older adults and is part of a robust engagement initiative designed to serve all members of the Memphis community. The museum also offers a mural program, family days, weekly lectures, summer activities, and other arts engagement opportunities to bring its community together.

Program Assessments and Evaluations

The program is evaluated by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art staff through the use of informal interviews, attendance numbers, and an internal review process. Partner organizations also conduct evaluations.

Advice for Other Organizations Conducting Similar Programs

Logistics and transportation can create barriers to participation. Be aware and flexible when creating your arts and aging program to take these potential problems into account.

Kinds of creative engagement/ program focus Viewing Artwork, Watch a Lecture/Demonstration
Arts Discipline: Museums, Visual Arts
Target Audience: Active Adults, Caregivers - Family, Caregivers - Professional, Frail Older Adults
Program Setting: Arts Organization
Program Service Area: Rural, Suburban, Urban
Type of Practice: Promising Practices