JM Journeys

Organization Associated with Program
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10128

JM Journeys, an initiative of the Jewish Museum (New York), is a monthly access program designed to use the arts to serve older adults living with memory loss and their care partners. The Jewish Museum offers participants the opportunity to make personal connections with original works of art through discussions, art-making, and multi-sensory activities in the museum’s galleries and art studio. The JM Journeys gallery tour and the studio art workshop are each offered one Wednesday each month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. when the museum is closed to the general public. During both the gallery tour and studio classes, the participants are divided into groups of no more than 13 people (including care partners), and a professional museum educator facilitates each program.

JM Journeys is a core component of the museum’s strong accessibility and community engagement programs. The Jewish Museum also provides guided tours to visitors who are blind or partially sighted, who are deaf or hard of hearing, and who are living with learning or developmental disabilities.

Program History

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Using art and artifacts that embody the diversity of the Jewish experience from ancient to present times, the museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. A vital cultural resource for New York residents and visitors of all ages, the museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

The Jewish Museum was founded in 1904 in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where it was housed for four decades. In 1944 it was moved to the family mansion of Frieda Warburg, widow of seminary trustee Felix Warburg, where it has remained since.

The JM Journeys initiative was launched in September 2011, with the intent of broadening public access to the museum’s collections and exhibits by providing arts programming for New York City residents living with neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. This program has enabled the museum to build strong partnerships with community organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Arts and Minds.

Program Assessments and Evaluations

This program is evaluated on an ongoing basis by staff through the use of surveys and attendance records.

Kinds of creative engagement/ program focus Creation of Original Work, Viewing Artwork, Participate in a Class, Participate in a Workshop, Watch a Lecture/Demonstration
Arts Discipline: Museums, Visual Arts
Target Audience: Caregivers - Family, Caregivers - Professional, People with Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Adaptive Program Design Cognitive Disabilities
Program Setting: Arts Organization
Program Service Area: Urban
Type of Practice: Promising Practices