Research shows the arts are good for you, whether you’ve discovered a passion for painting or dance late in life, been a professional artist or simply enjoy being part of the audience. This May, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has joined with the Phillyfunguide to create a special promotion, Celebrate Arts & Aging that offers seniors dozens of special discounts on museums, theaters and special events; plus classes and workshops where they can exercise their own creativity.
Museums, theaters and cultural venues are offering special discounts on admission during May, and there are classes and workshops, exhibits of senior art and performances by seniors.
“We’ve partnered with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, which administers Phillyfunguide, to create a bigger and better version of the annual arts celebration which has been known as ‘Seniors Celebrate the Arts’ for the past seven years,” said Joan Zaremba, director of marketing and corporate relations for PCA. “Reflecting the new partnership, the festivities have a new name: ‘Celebrate Arts and Aging.’”
“The collaboration has enabled us to reach out to the 300-plus cultural and arts organizations that the Cultural Alliance represents,” Zaremba said. “As always, we have special discounts, classes and arts events listed in the arts supplement to the May issue of Milestones; but there are even more listed online, at phillyfunguide.com/celebrate.”
The opportunities don’t end in May, according to John McInerney, vice president, marketing and communications for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance which produces Phillyfunguide. “We want to let seniors know about the resources available year-round, and to encourage them to go online to find them,” McInerney said. “You can search Phillyfunguide by category – theater, music, dance, classes; there’s a list of dozens of free events; and we also include accessibility information on venues.”
For the cost-conscious, Phillyfunguide’s “Funsavers” are a real find; subscribers receive a weekly email, delivered on Thursdays, with offers of 50% off on theater, music, dance, museum exhibits, comedy shows and sporting events. Subscriptions are free, but you will need to have an email account to participate. To sign up, go online to http://www.phillyfunguide.com, click on “Funsavers,” and fill out the subscription form.
Zaremba said the annual arts celebration has always been held in May, to put a positive face on aging during Older Americans Month. “We want to highlight the positive aspects of aging, and encourage seniors to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them,” she said. More information on ‘Celebrate Arts and Aging’ activities is available from the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040 or online at the Phillyfunguide.
There are also feature stories, discount coupons, and listings of exhibits, events, classes and workshops in the May issue of PCA’s Milestones newspaper.
Exhibits of Senior Art and Receptions:
- The Center at Journey’s Way, 403 Rector Street
Thursday, May 6, 2:30 – 7 pm
Exhibit hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 6 – 21
- NewCourtland and CFEVA present “Art is Ageless,” Skybox at 2424 Studios, 2424 E. York St.
Thursday, May 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm, May 13 – 26
- Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 S. Broad Street
Friday, May 14, 4 – 6 pm
Exhibit hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 1 – 28
- The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Tuesday, May 18, 2 – 4 pm
Artwork can only be seen during scheduled events. For information: www.therotunda.org
- Rembrandt’s Restaurant, 741 N. 23rd Street
Sunday, May 23, 2 – 4 pm
Exhibit hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 23 – May 28
(call 215-763-2228 for Saturday & Sunday hours )