Submissions Sought from Artists 55+ for
PCA’s 2012 “Celebrate Arts and Aging” Exhibits
Artists age 55 and over are invited to submit artwork for exhibit as part of the 2012 “Celebrate Arts and Aging” festivities during Older Americans Month in May. Presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and supported in part by PECO, “Celebrate Arts and Aging” highlights older adults’ artistic talents and creativity with events held throughout the city during May. In addition, it offers older adults a host of opportunities to connect to arts activities that month, including discounts for many arts performances, museums and other cultural venues.
This is the 10th year for the celebration. Senior artwork will be exhibited at four sites this year, including Center on the Hill…the place for active adults in Chestnut Hill; the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia; Independence Visitors Center in Old City; and Philadelphia Senior Center in Center City.
Photo or slides of artwork, accompanied by an art submission form, should be sent to Amanda Buonomo, PCA special events manager, at PCA, 642 North Broad St., Phila., PA 19130 by Wednesday, March 28. Artwork must have been created during the past three years. There is a limit of one submission per applicant. For more information on art submission criteria and an application to exhibit, visit www.pcaCares.org/SeniorArt, call 215-765- 9000, ext. 5052, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote for The Best Day of My Life (So Far) to win the People’s Choice Award. The storytelling and writing project, based at the Philadelphia Senior Center, is a national semi-finalist in the 2011 Beautiful Minds contest, presented by the National Center for Creative Aging & Martek Biosciences. read more>>
With a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning, the Philadelphia Senior Center officially opened its new internet cafe — with ten computers.
KYW’s Michelle Durham reports that some of the computers will remain in the cafe but others are portable so the seniors can take them anywhere in the building.
After the ribbon cutting, Barbara and Betty were among the first in line to see the computers. Barbara has her own laptop at home and she plans to bring it in to the wireless senior center.
“They are on there. But I think more of them need to understand that they need to learn to use the computer. They really do because this is the world we live in now. Everything is computerized so they really need to learn.”
Source: Michelle Durham (KYW1060, September 2010)
Benita Cooper has just received her first grant! Her project The Best Day of My Life (So Far) began only months ago with two core media: the classroom and the web. With The Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant two new components can be added to this multi-media storytelling project. Now performance and video can be added to the classroom and the web in the form of a blog.
Receiving this grant gives Benita the opportunity to develop Seniors Storytelling Day. This will happen in Philadelphia, in a public venue, with teens and older adults on stage together telling stories to a physical audience.
This blog is the digital window into a weekly storytelling and writing class at Philadelphia Senior Center, a proud member of the New Courtland Network. We meet every Thursday from 1-2pm…The seniors are so full of life; their stories are so full of grace, wisdom and humor. This blog won’t capture the seniors’ every word, but at the minimum we hope their voices come through.
In June 2006, Benita Cooper, an architect in Philadelphia, called her grandma in Seattle for the first time in her life… just to talk. They haven’t stopped talking since. Inspired by the stories that her grandma tells her over the phone, Benita began the class and blog in September 2009.
Creative Arts & Aging Network was fortunate to have Benita as one of our panelists for our May 20th Event—The Arts for All Ages: A Creative Conversation. Congratulations, Benita, to you and all your older adult writers!
Read more about Benita Cooper and her project The Best Day of My Life (So Far) here (on PCAcares.org) and here (on FirstPersonArt). And you can follow The Best Day of My Life (So Far) on both Facebook and Twitter.
Source: Creative Arts & Aging
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.’”