The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Meets Cowboys Real and Imagined




Contact Info:

The event is free by reservation, but limited to 30 participants. For more information or reservations, contact Gary Glazner at (505) 577-2250 or

Event Description

In the hallowed tradition of campfire tales and cowboy poetry, the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project holds a special session at the New Mexico History Museum on Friday, June 21, 10–11 am. People living with dementia, their family members and the general public are invited to participate in performing and creating poetry inspired by the new exhibit Cowboys Real and Imagined. Poet Gary Glazner, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, will lead the session.

The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project performs and creates poetry with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia with a goal of nurturing their creativity and sparking memories. In 2012, it received the MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. The National Endowment for the Arts listed it as a “best practice” for their Arts and Aging initiative. Last year, the APP produced an exhibit that shows people living with dementia participating in the dynamic creation of dance, music, poetry, storytelling, and their original artwork. Dementia Arts on Capitol Hill took place with the support of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. In addition, APP has offered programming in Chinese, German, Hmong, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, and Yiddish. In 2010, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin funded a pilot project for the APP in Germany, which inspired the U.S. Embassy In Warsaw to fund a pilot project there in 2012. To date the APP has held programming in 20 states and served over 15,000 people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project is funded in part by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Arts, a division of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. For more information, go to its website,

Photo above: “The boys of the LS near Tascosa lingering at the chuck wagon after the day's work is done, listening to range boss telling stories of Billy the Kid, LS Ranch, Texas,” 1907 Erwin E. Smith, photographer. Amon Carter Museum of American Art LC-S59-110.