Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP). Under Glazner’s leadership, the APP received the 2013 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award and the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice” for their Arts and Aging initiative.
Glazner is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on using poetry with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and has given talks at more than 30 conferences for groups including the Alzheimer’s Association; Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’ Global Alliance for Arts and Health; Grant Makers in the Arts; Institut für Bildung und Kultur; Korean Arts and Culture Education Service; Pioneer Network and the U.S. Veterans Administration.
NBC’s Today show, PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Voice of America have featured segments on Glazner’s work. HarperCollins, W.W. Norton, and Salon.com have published his work. Glazner has worked with many institutions using their art to inspire the performance and creation of poetry by people living with memory loss, including the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Orlando Art Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, New Mexico History Museum, SPARK! Alliance (of museums in Wisconsin and Minnesota), and Toldeo Art Museum.