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WHATSenior art workshops providing the full experience of visiting museums, discussing artwork, and creating their own artistic forms of expression.
WHYTo keep elderly who are in adult day care involved in pursuing their interest in artistic activities.
WHEREWhitney Museum of American Art.
New York, NY, USA.

Program Description

"The Whitney's Senior Studio Art Programs offer an accessible, collaborative environment in which seniors share in a hands-on process of creative expression."

The Whitney Museum offers the following types of senior art activity programs:

A four week mini program: includes an introductory art slide talk and discussion at a senior center, a tour of the Whitney Museum, and two hands-on art-making sessions where seniors complete projects based on the theme of a given exhibition.

A seven week program: allows seniors to explore their personal history through collage-making and its application in twentieth-century American art. Lectures and art-making at the senior centers are be integrated with a museum visit.

Each of the above programs concludes with a celebration at the museum where senior artwork is displayed and seniors can discuss their experiences.

90 minute workshops are also available for seniors to participate in a slideshow discussion and an art-making project at their senior centers. Seniors explore photography, printmaking, abstract art, and engaging in art activities from using everyday materials.

The Whitney Museum also manages the:

Art Teleconference to Home-Bound Elderly Program - an opportunity for home-bound elderly to receive a glossy package of art work from the museum’s exhibitions and call in to access the accompanying lecture through a teleconferencing system.

Participation in this program is limited to senior citizens affiliated with the museum’s community partners listed as:

Citizens Advice Bureau: Heights Center for Senior Citizens
Encore Senior Center
Goddard Riverside: West Side NORC Program
Goddard Riverside Senior Center
Hamilton-Madison House
Hamilton-Madison House: Knickerbocker Village Senior Services NORC
Hamilton-Madison House: Smith Senior Services NORC
Henry Street Settlement
Hudson Guild Elliott Chelsea NORC
Hudson Guild Fulton Senior Center
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
JASA Penn South Program for Seniors
JASA Roy Reuther Senior Center
Kew Gardens Community Center
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church
Lincoln House Outreach Center
Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
Queens Community House: Forest Hills Co-op NORC
Queens Community House: Forest Hills Senior Center
Rego Park Senior Center
Riverdale Community Center
SAGE Queens
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
Sunnyside Community Services
The Educational Alliance: 14th Street Y
Union Settlement: CORSI Senior Center
Union Settlement: East Harlem Coalition Senior Center
Union Settlement: East River Senior Center
Union Settlement: Gaylord White Senior Center
Union Settlement: Washington-Lexington Senior Center
University Settlement Society Senior Center

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