Senior Center Arts Programs

These classes are critical to helping senior centers throughout NYC offer arts programs to their members. Discretionary funding from NYC Council members helps us provide some of the classes for free.  In 2011, five senior centers in East Harlem received crafts programs at no cost to the center or the participants. Topics included quilting, tote bags, jewelry, greeting cards and holiday ornaments. Free classes were also offered at two senior centers in Lower Manhattan, making quilted totes and pillows, necklaces and greeting cards.

Fee-for-service crafts classes in a wide range of topics can bring expert programming to senior centers, groups or residences. The teaching artists work with site directors to design a class based on the interests and needs of the participants. Projects can be adapted or created for populations with special needs or disabilities.

Participants in the senior center arts classes often make the decision to donate their handmade items to charitable groups within their communities such as hospitals and homeless shelters.

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