By Pamela Stern
Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of ten recipients to receive a $7,500 grant to New York City senior service organizations as part of the Catalyzing Creativity initiative. This is a citywide program designed to improve the quality of life of older New Yorkers through arts education programming, which was created and administered by Lifetime Arts. This 18 month-long project is funded by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation’s Healthy Aging Program with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts and Aroha Philanthropies.
SCSP’s Executive Director, Theodora Ziongas, received an email explaining this funding opportunity from Lifetime Arts for the Creative Aging initiative. The program’s goal is to provide funds for ten programs throughout the city to be used for planning and implementing three new arts programs at the selected centers and to promote the benefits of arts education for older adults, which is called the Catalyzing Creativity iniative.
Ziongas successfully completed the requirements necessary for this grant. Prior to applying, program directors were asked to complete a survey of what type of arts programs the seniors would be interested in. Spring Creek Towers’ residents said they like dancing, making jewelry and story telling.
Several organizations applied for this grant but only ten were selected based on the quality of the proposal submitted, the successful use of the surveys and input from the seniors themselves, and the experience of the NORC or senior program with successful implementation of similar programs in the past. The ten recipients of this grant were notified on July 19th and SCSP was one of those programs.
The three programs that will be implemented over an 18-month period to be offered sequentially and led by a teaching artist but also as a teacher to provide the best possible experience for the seniors will be dance, making jewelry and story telling. Each program will last eight-weeks, seniors will have to register and commit to participating in most of the sessions. “We plan on holding the first eight-week session in the fall/winter 2017, the second in spring 2018 and the final one in fall/winter 2018,” said Ziongas.
“I was very excited to receive notification of the grant. We have some very talented seniors in our community and they are eager to participate. This community is very diverse and art is a great way to bring people from different backgrounds and groups together to share meaningful experiences. On behalf of the seniors we serve, we thank the funders and sponsors of this program for their support and for choosing SCSP as one of the recipients of this new and exciting programming,” said Ziongas.