Growing older shouldn’t solely be about loss of abilities – it can be a time of enrichment and new growth. By 2030, it’s estimated that New York City’s 65-and-over population will be nearly double what it was in 2010. As this population grows and people live longer, staying culturally engaged is life-enhancing—and easy to do in a city as vibrant as New York.
That’s why my office sponsored “Aging Artfully,” an afternoon-long event aimed at getting older adults excited about the arts early last month. Over 500 seniors heard a panel discussion I moderated with Sandra Robbins of The Shadowbox Theatre, Jorge Merced of the Pregones Theater and National Center for Creative Aging, and Andrew Suseno of the SU-CASA community arts engagement program, outlining the many cultural opportunities for seniors.
Breakout sessions included one held by Dances for a Variable Population who led attendees in dance exercises from their program “Movement Speaks,” and another session focused on how arts and music therapy can help with those random creaks and pains. And Ed Friedman, the co-founder of Lifetime Arts, discussed the role prominent arts institutions play in fostering creative aging. We also had a resource fair on site along with a gallery curated by the Educational Alliance showcasing artwork by some talented senior artists.
Thank you to everyone who attended and to the staff and volunteers who made it possible.
Watch a video summary of the event here: