What’s In the Works at the Memory Hub: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes!

May 20, 2021

News, Art, Dementia-Friendly Community, Nature

A space for community, collaboration and impact has never felt more vital.

Last year, the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center (MBWC) announced the launch of a new initiative on Seattle’s First Hill: The Memory Hub. Bringing together people, programs and partners, the Memory Hub will operate as a vibrant dementia-focused programs and events venue, collaborative workspace and training center. It will be conveniently located just a few blocks from the memory clinic at Harborview Medical Center and beside our partner the Frye Art Museum, welcoming visitors year-round to explore what it means to live well with dementia.

This interactive sculpture will be present in the future memory garden at the Memory Hub. This is a creation of the UK’s Acoustic Arts, a company offering handcrafted outdoor musical instruments!

While riding out the past year of COVID, we’ve had ample time to focus on fine-tuning our plans for the Memory Hub! Meanwhile, with the extended social isolation we've all experienced, a space for community, collaboration and impact has never felt more vital. Here’s a glimpse of what’s been in the works behind the scenes, as we eagerly await an opportunity to launch: 

  • Developing virtual programs that we and our partners can offer from the “Zoom room” at the Memory Hub – from support groups to creative arts classes 

  • Connecting with Memory Hub partners to explore opportunities to partner on virtual programs, such as the new Wellness Wednesdays webinar series with the Alzheimer’s Association

  • Planning for a new statewide dementia-friendly communities learning collaborative housed at the Memory Hub 

  • Solidifying a generous parking agreement with our neighbors, Murano Senior Living  

  • Designing a logo, thanks to Memory Hub volunteer Experience Designer Cal Dobrzynski. She captured the community and collaboration at the heart of the Memory Hub.

Stay tuned for a virtual launch in late Fall of 2021, where we’ll unveil the website and provide a Memory Hub progress update!

Learn more about the Memory Hub


Introducing the official musical instrument of the Memory Hub! This ukulele was made as gift for Marigrace Becker, Program Manager for Community Education & Impact. MBWC geriatrician Lee Burnside fashioned this instrument out of Hawaiian Koa wood and rosewood. Then, MBWC science writer Genevieve Wanucha hand painted the uke with a wildflower design. See ‘The Making of Marigrace Becker’s Uke’