You Are Looking at a Happy Man: Older Adults Thrive in Creative Aging Programs

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“You are looking at a happy man!
I am in a good mood, I’m not depressed, I am looking forward to life in general because of this experience.”

— Matthew Carlino, Brooklyn, NY

Creative aging programs use the arts to improve the quality of life for older adults.

In the video below, Mr. Carlino and his friends from the Bay Ridge Library in Brooklyn, NY talk about how participating in our free, fine arts workshops is fun, social, and makes them feel good about life:

Give What You Can, But Please Do Give.

Since 2008, we have engaged thousands of older adults in our programs, connected them to the arts and each other, and sparked new ways of thinking and living.

This game-changing work is redefining what it means to grow older in America.
Please support us as we expand our offerings from 4 to 12 states in 2014.

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New Rochelle, NY 10801

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THANK YOU and best wishes from Lifetime Arts for a happy, healthy holiday season.

NYC Creative Aging Libraries 2012 Project Schedule

Check out the 2012 schedule of fabulous FREE instructional arts programs.  Twenty-eight programs in twenty-seven libraries throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan! Pre-registration is required.  Dates are subject to change. Call the libraries directly for information and to register.  Listing is chronological. 

Roaring Chorus

Richmondtown Branch

200 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306

Tel: 718- 668- 0414

Workshop Dates: Mondays, 11:00- 1:00 pm

October 3, 2011 – March 26, 2012

Teaching Artist: Members of Musical Chairs Ensemble

LiveStories:  Using Writing and Drama to Share Your Personal Story

St. Agnes Branch

444 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10024

Tel: 212-621-0619

Workshop Dates: Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

January 23 – March 26

Teaching Artists: Annie Montgomery and Lauren Jost

Writing Short Stories

Mapleton Branch

1702 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204

Tel: 718- 256- 2117

Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

February 8 – March 28

Teaching Artist: Kate Bell

Artistic Quilt Workshop

BPL @ Midwood Senior Center

4815 Avenue I, Brooklyn, NY  11234

Tel: 718-253-5557 or 718-236-1760

Workshop Dates:  Monday, 1:00- 3:00 pm

March 5 – April 23, 2012

Teaching Artist: Antonia A. Perez

Poetry Inside Out: Bridging Cultures through Language

BPL @ Narrows Senior Center

1230 63rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219

Tel: 718-236-1760

Workshop Dates: Tuesday, 2:00- 4:00 pm

March 6 – April 24 2012

Teaching Artist: Dave Johnson

Life Map Part II – Life Lines – Beginning Drawing

Countee Cullen Branch

104 West 136th Street (near Lenox Ave.), NY, NY 10030
Tel: 212- 491-2070

Workshop Dates: Tuesdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

March 6 – May 8, 2012

Teaching Artist: Paul Ferrara

Exploring Your Life – A Class in Memoir Writing                                        

Morris Park Branch

985 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462

Tel: 718- 931-0636

Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

March 7 – April 25, 2012

Teaching Artist: Frank Ingrasciotta

Drawing and Painting, Drawn to Philosophy

New Utrecht Branch

1743 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214

Tel: 718-236-4086

Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, 2:00- 4:00 pm.

March 7 – May 2, 2012

Teaching Artist: Celia Caro

Drawing from Life

Brooklyn Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11238

718-230-2183 / 718-230-2086

Workshop Dates: Thursdays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

March 8 – May 3 2012

Teaching Artist: Molly Herman

Drawing from Life Experience

Mulberry Street Branch

10 Jersey Street, NY, NY 10010

Tel: 212-966-3424

Workshop Dates: Saturdays, 2:30- 4:30 pm

March 10 – May 5, 2012

Teaching Artist: Jerilyn Jurinek

Storytelling/ Oral History Workshop for Adults

Yorkville Branch

222 East 79th Street, NY, N.Y.10075

Tel: 212-744-5824

Workshop Dates: Thursdays, 10:30am – 12:30 pm

March 15 – May 24 2012

Teaching Artists: Annie Montgomery & Lauren Jost

Ageless Improv: A Performance Workshop

Grand Central Branch

135 East 46th Street, NY, NY 10017

Tel : 212-621-0673

Workshop dates : Mondays, 2 :00 -4 :00 pm

March 19 – May 14 2012

Teaching Artist: Valerie Hager-Slavin

Memoir-Writing Workshop

Brighton Beach Branch

16 Brighton 1st Rd. Brooklyn, NY  11235

Tel:  718-946-2917 x0

Workshop Dates: Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

March 22 – May 17, 2012

Teaching Artist: Lauren Jost

A Village Vision: Watercolor Painting from Experience 

Jefferson Market Branch

425 Avenues of the Americas, NY, NY 10011

Tel: 212-242-5233

Workshop Dates:  Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 pm

April 5, May 24 2012

Teaching Artist: Josh Millis

Drawing from Experience: Graphic Memoir

Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY, 10458

Tel: 718-579-4253

Workshop Dates:  Thursdays, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm

April 5 – May 24 2012

Teaching Artist Name: Celia Caro

Quilt-Making

Stone Avenue Branch

581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11212

Tel: 718- 485-8347

Workshop Dates: Tuesdays, 3:30- 5:30 pm

April 3 – June 19 2012

Teaching Artist: Karen Fitzgerald

The Seventh Avenue Singers: Give Our Regards to Broadway

Dyker Branch

8202 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228

Tel: 718-748-6261

Workshop Dates: Fridays, 1:00- 3:00 pm

April 13 – June 22 2012

Teaching Artist: Carolyn Clark

Memoirs: Penned and Spoken

St. George Library Center

5 Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301

Tel: 718-442-8561

Workshop Dates: Saturdays, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm

April 14 – June 9, 2012

Teaching Artist: Beth Gorrie

Story Share: An Oral History Experience & Performance Project

Kings Highway Branch at Young Israel of Midwood Senior Center

1694 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11230

Tel: 718-375-3037

Workshop Dates: Mondays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

April 23 – June 21 2012

Teaching Artist: Annie Montgomery and Lauren Jost

Beginning Watercolor Painting

Kings Bay Branch

3650 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229

Tel: 718- 368-1709

Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, 1:00 -3:00 pm

April 25 – June 6, 13, 2012

Teaching Artist: Paul Ferrara

Quilt Project for Older Adults

Midwood Branch

975 East 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Tel: 718-252-0967

Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

April 25 – June 27, 2012

Teaching Artist: Susan Louis

Water Color Painting with Older Adults

Bay Ridge Branch

7223 Ridge Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Tel: 718-748-5709

Workshop Dates: Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:30 pm

May 2 – June 20, 2012

Teaching Artist: Michael J. Murno

Collage- Making

New Utrecht Branch

1743 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Tel: 718-236-1760

Workshop Dates: Wednesday, 1:00- 3:00 pm

May 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 2012

Teaching Artist: Karen Fitzgerald

The Painterly Print: From Drawing and Collage to Printmaking Without a Press

67th Street Branch

328 East 67th Street, NY, NY 10065

Tel: 212-734-1717

Workshop Dates:  Monday 1:00 – 3:00 pm

June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16 23, 2012

Teaching Artist: Sabra Friedman

Memoir and Performance

Kingsbridge Branch

291 W 231st Street, Bronx, NY 10463

Tel: 718-548-5656

Workshop Dates: Tuesday, 1:00- 3:00 pm

June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012

Teaching Artist: Lauren Jost

Digital Memoirs

Morris Park Branch

985 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462

Tel: 718- 931-0636

Workshop Dates: Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

June 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012

Teaching Artist: Alan Nunez

Paint & Collage Exploration

Baychester Branch

2049 Asch Loop, Bronx, NY 10475

Tel: 718-379-6700

Workshop Dates: Monday, 1:30- 3:30 pm

September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 2012

Teaching Artist: Josh Millis

Memory Monologues: Staten Island History

Through The Eyes Of Those Who Lived It

West New Brighton Branch

976 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310

Tel: 718-948-9655; 718-442-1416

Workshops Dates: Monday, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 12, 2012

Teaching Artist: Dave Johnson

Lifetime Arts Receives $50,000 Grant from Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation for Creative Aging Programs in Westchester Libraries

The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation has awarded Lifetime Arts, Inc. a grant to  support their partnership with the Westchester Library System (WLS) –  Creative Aging in New York State Public Libraries: a Regional Model with National Applicability. This two year project, funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services also includes the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library, and the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in upstate New York.  The initiative will serve up to 1,000 older adults through instructional arts programs in up to 60 libraries in these four demographically diverse public library systems. Funding from the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation  significantly increases the number of projects that will be funded in Westchester libraries.  Beginning in the spring of 2012 Lifetime Arts will begin orientations sessions for Westchester libraries which will allow them to apply for funds which will support instructional arts workshops (in all disciplines) led by professional teaching artists. These sessions will foster mastery and promote meaningful social engagement—two key ingredients for positive aging.