Color the Music

A collaboration of art and music for adults living with dementia and their care partners

Artists, writers, and musicians have inspired each other throughout history, and this inspiration continues in the 21st Century. The National Philharmonic, in residence at the Music Center at Strathmore, invites you to participate in a new collaboration with Mather, an over 80-year-old organization dedicated to creating Ways to Age WellSM.

Research demonstrates that abilities related to creativity in the present moment, sensory enjoyment, and emotional connection all remain long into dementia progression. We believe that the arts are key to tapping into these long-lasting strengths!

Join the National Philharmonic and Mather for a series of dementia-friendly virtual concerts paired with Creative Explorations to try either during or after enjoying the concert. Each Creative Exploration will be outlined with accessibility and wellbeing in mind. This engagement plan will be a useful tool for program coordinators, art therapists, teaching artists, caregivers, or family and friends to help facilitate connection and expression inspired by music.

Learn About the Asynchronous Program

Learn About the Live Program


  • Lena Seikaly Quartet from the NatPhil Jazz Series available March 1, 2022
  • NASA & NatPhil: Holst’s The Planets available April 1, 2022
  • America’s Requiem: A Knee on The Neck available May 1, 2022
  • Mozart & Mahler available June 1, 2022

We believe that arts experiences designed to be successful for people living with dementia can also be successful for people without cognitive impairment. A successful dementia-friendly experience is welcoming, failure-free, respects diverse perspectives or approaches, and invites imagination and connection in the present moment. Isn’t that something we’d all like to experience? Feel free to utilize this guide to explore your own creativity as a form of stress-relief, as part of caregiver self-care, or as a fun experience to share with a family member or friend.

For any questions, please contact NatPhil’s Director of Community Engagement Tiffany Richardson at

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