Dances for a Variable Population offers free performances/interactive workshops at senior centers. Dances for Seniors is a one-time performance followed by a participatory movement workshop. Movement Speaks is a sequential series of workshops. Both celebrate wellness, expression and community. Programs should request workshops a year in advance.
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Materials for the Arts provides thousands of New York City's arts and cultural organizations, public schools and community arts programs with the supplies they need to run and expand their programs. Any senior center or other community partner with an established arts program can join. Materials for the Arts is sponsored by the NYC Departments of Cultural Affairs, Sanitation and Education.
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Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) provides a broad range of arts programming for older adults. Pricing varies depending on the program, training or presentation desired. ESTA will work with you to set up a program, training, presentation or special project to meet your members’ unique needs.
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Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs and offers detailed advice and examples on program design and implementation.
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Art Connects New York is a non-profit that works with curators to permanently place work donated by New York artists in social service organizations, including senior centers, throughout the five boroughs. Ownership of the artwork transfers from the artist to the organization.
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Creative Aging Teaching Artists Roster is a free, online, searchable directory of professional teaching artists who are qualified to design and deliver arts programs for older adults. All you have to do is register your organization with Lifetime Arts, log in and search the roster for artists by discipline, location and language. After you’ve reviewed artists’ individual profiles, you directly contact the artist(s) you’ve chosen.
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The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music offers music therapy programs to Brooklyn and Queens senior centers. Techniques include active musical improvisation, drumming, singing, group listening, sharing music interest, song writing and other experiences to foster creative expression. The Conservatory will work with you to set up a program. Call 718-622-3300, ext. 16.
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