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2013 MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program Grants

Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD (Visual Arts)
Baltimore Clayworks will  deepen the artistic quality, expand the number of participants, and raise the visibility of its beginner and advanced ceramics programs for underserved older adults in Baltimore City. Participants will co-develop the ceramics curriculum for the 2013 program year, create high quality ceramics through experiencing visiting artists in their classes, and attend field trips to arts institutions and conferences. Participants will also develop a portfolio of work to be exhibited at local galleries and institutions, online and nationally at the 2014 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference.

Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY (Visual Arts)
The Brooklyn Arts Council will expand its sequential, clay-tile mural-making workshop program to a second senior center in the Coney Island area, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. It will also develop a model for using creative aging programs to respond to natural disasters. The program aims to help participants recover from these traumas by giving them a tangible way to participate in the physical recovery of the community and opportunities for self- expression, at the same time reducing feelings of isolation and social disconnect that were exacerbated by the storm. Older adults will participate in the design and creation of a community mural to be installed and celebrated at a public site.

ClancyWorks Dance Company, Silver Springs, MD (Dance & Storytelling)
ClancyWorks Dance Company will expand and deepen its SOAR Program (Seniors Organize for the Arts to Rejuvenate)  by increasing the number of sessions offered for older adults at its three partner locations, and thereby increasing opportunities for enhanced cognitive development, physical rejuvenation, and social interaction. Workshops will build participants’ skills in creative movement and personal storytelling, and will lead up to a culminating original performance and post-show, intergenerational dialogue.

Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA (Music)
The Community Music Center will develop two highly successful pilot ensembles in its Senior Chorus Program—the Solera Singers and the 30th Street Chorus—which engage older adults in sequential choral instruction and regular performance opportunities. The ensembles are offered in partnership with two senior centers in San Francisco’s Mission District, and were launched last year with the support of a MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program grant. Cultural background and preferences of participants in both programs determine the repertoire focused on relevant popular, folk and standard pieces. The choruses provided inspiration for a long-term health study of participants in 12 new senior choruses by the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults, Tracy’s Landing, MD (Music)
Encore Creativity for Older Adults will document and disseminate replicable practices for providing high quality, choral music instruction to older adults. Founded in July 2007, Encore is the nation's largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults, currently operating thirteen Encore Chorales serving over 620 singers in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. All chorales rehearse the same choral repertoire during a fifteen-week session and then Encore combines the chorales to present free community concerts in venues that include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

KAIROS ALIVE!, Minneapolis, MN (Dance & Storytelling)
KAIROS ALIVE! (previously Kairos Dance Theatre) will expand access to its dancing heart™ program to a new group of diverse, older adults in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. KAIROS will also document how the program impacts participants’ skill development, physical and mental health, and social well-being through a 24-week research study, to be conducted in partnership with St. Catherine University. The dancing heart™ program engages older adults in creative dance workshops and the process of creating and sharing original performances informed by their memories, life stories, emotions, and broader cultural references.

MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN (Music)
The MacPhail Music for Life™ (MMFL) program engages older adults in sequential, music classes designed to expand music knowledge, develop basic music skills and build community. MacPhail will expand its MMFL program to serve 80 additional seniors who attend The Gathering, a respite care program serving people with early- or mid- stage memory loss. This expansion provides access to music programming for Gathering participants who live independently with a caregiver.

Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, Clearwater, FL (Music)
Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute (MPH) will provide a high quality choral training class to enhance its Clearwater Chorus program, a 60-voice choir of mostly older adults. Older adults not currently in the ensemble will also be invited to participate. The enhancement class will provide participants instruction in vocal technique and music theory, strengthen their performance skills, and provide opportunities for increased engagement and social interaction.

McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA (Visual Arts)
McGroarty Arts Center has provided intergenerational programming for nearly 60 years, and has deepened its commitment to serving seniors through strategic planning by increasing student subsidies, enhancing existing programs, and launching new outreach programs to serve older adults who are no longer able to travel to the center. The Arts Center will enhance and sustain its drawing and painting program for older adults by: 1) providing specialty workshops with guest artists to better engage advanced students; 2) offering open studio hours for all students; and 3), and increasing and improving volunteer and exhibition opportunities for all students. These have been key strategies in the success of McGroarty’s ceramics program for older adults.

Stagebridge, Oakland, CA (Theater)
To meet the needs of working older adults, Stagebridge—America’s oldest theatre company for seniors—will expand its award-winning Performing Arts Training Institute (PATI) to include a new series of weekend and evening classes that will culminate in a year-end performance. Students will learn new skills and have opportunities to share their talents through outreach programs in schools and senior facilities. The program will also prepare those who are interested in “encore careers” in the performing arts (paid outreach opportunities). 

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY (Music & Theater)
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will expand the number of participants and deepen the impact of its Melodies & Memories program which provides a sequential instruction in the arts. Program participants gain skills in music, theater and reminiscence storytelling and then work together to create a culminating performance for the community. The Center will add a new section for beginners; the other section will provide more advanced instruction in theater and music for students who have been participating in the program for the past three years, allowing them to increase their technical proficiency.


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