Celebrate Arts Festival

Celebrating Older Adults in our Community

Celebrate Arts 2022

An Annual Arts Festival Celebrating Older Adults in our Community

In honor of Older Americans Month, EA’s Older Adults Programs is joining The Administration for Community Living (ACL) to support and celebrate the incredible older adults in our community.  

To honor the theme of Older Americans Month – Age My Way – and to celebrate and show-off our older community members, we are inviting all of our older adult arts programs to participate in the first annual Celebrate Arts, an annual arts festival across five Educational Alliance older adult sites throughout the month of May.  

The month-long festival will feature creative performances and art galleries highlighting the work of our older adults  at the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living, Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, the 14th Street Y, Co-Op Village NORC, and Project ORE.

Community members can participate in Celebrate Arts by attending:
  • Art Gallery: All month long in three EA sites as well as virtually 
  • Art Performance: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • Art Fair: Friday and Saturday 

Donate Here to Directly Support EA’s Older Adult Arts Programs

Celebrate Arts Gallery

May 1 – May 31, 2022

Featuring painting, drawing, mosaic and ceramics works by Older Adult Artists 

Free and Open to the Public

Stop by one of the gallery spaces in our downtown community centers to admire the wide array of artwork by older adults participating in our arts programs. A virtual gallery is also available to highlight the work of homebound members.
Details on each site, including hours and health and safety information, are detailed below.

14Y Gallery | 14Y Lobby located at 344 East 14th Street
  • Monday – Friday*:
    • 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
    • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    • 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

*Please avoid times other than those noted above to accommodate the drop-off and pick-up times for students in 14Y Preschool and 14Y After School programs.

  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Health and Safety: Masks are required in the 14Y Gallery and other common areas of the 14Y. All visitors must show proof of vaccination (at least 2 doses) with ID upon entry.

Jewish Communal Fund Gallery | MCC Lobby located at 197 East Broadway
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM 
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Gallery Opening and Mural Unveiling | Friday, May 13 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Join us for the opening reception and the unveiling of a community mural, which is the final project for our Creative Arts Therapy interns from Pratt Institute. This mural completes their year-long internship with the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living in partnership with MCC’s Family Resource Center.
This event is free for all and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Health and Safety: Masks are required in the Jewish Communal Fund Gallery and other common areas of MCC.

Sirovich Gallery | Sirovich Auditorium at 331 East 12th Street
  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Community Reception | Monday, May 23 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Join us for the community reception, which is free for all and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Health and Safety: Masks are required in all areas of Sirovich Center for Balanced Living. A health screening is required for entry: https://form.jotform.com/itadmin982/Sirovich_Guest

Virtual Gallery

Learn more here.

The Virtual Gallery will feature the work of homebound members as well as those who moved from their homes following the COVID-19 closures in NYC. Our virtual and hybrid art programming has allowed these members to stay connected and engaged in their communities.

The Future is Now
by Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

14Y Theater | 344 East 14th Street

Wednesday, May 25 | 2:00 PM

Get your free tickets here, or on-site in the Weinberg and Sirovich offices.

Featuring storytelling from members of the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, The Future is Now is the culmination of the workshop Studies in Puppet Form and Performance led and directed by Federico Restepo for Sirovich members. The Future is Now is comprised of 14 unique, short puppet theatre pieces created by workshop participants to conjure a state of joy in an imagined, hopeful future.

This program is supported in part with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor, Manhattan Borough President’s office, and individual donors.

About Studies in Puppet Form and Performance 
Workshop Led and Directed by Federico Restrepo
With Teaching Artists: Denise Greber and Hao Bai
Featuring works by: Lucia Piedad Avila, Dora Chu, Milja Delaney, Nora Glikman, Maria Grande, Rajene Hardeman, Dolores La Guardia, Toby Levine, Chuck Macdonald, Jesse Marsh, Wandalynn Miftahi, Ruth Tobacco, Laura Anne Walker, and Margaret Yuen.

Studies in Puppet Form and Performance, conducted by Federico Restrepo, and in partnership with Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, introduced participants to the use of puppetry and storytelling. This creative process and development of work took place over a three-month period through weekly online meetings.

Learn more about Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company.

First Annual Celebrate Arts Festival Presents Age My Way

14Y Theater | 344 East 14th Street

Friday, May 27 | 1:00 PM

Reserve your tickets here, or on-site in the Weinberg and Sirovich offices. General Admission: $2* 

Join us for the debut Celebrate Arts performance at our first annual arts festival celebrating older adults in our community. This performance will feature acting, singing, dancing, poetry, puppetry, readings, and other performances from our older adults.

These acts are a work in progress and showcase how Older Adult Programs are adopting art as a holistic approach to health and healing.

Art Fair

14Y Gymnasium | 344 East 14th Street

Friday, May 27 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Directly following the 1:00 PM performance, join us in the 14Y Gym for our annual Art Fair featuring an array of art from the many programs across our older adult sites including ceramics, paintings and more. Art will be available for purchase and all proceeds directly support our arts programs!

Health and Safety: Masks are required in the 14Y Gym and other common areas of the 14Y. All visitors must show proof of vaccination (at least 2 doses) with ID upon entry.

First Annual Celebrate Arts Festival Presents Age My Way

14Y Theater | 344 East 14th Street

Saturday, May 28 | 1:00 PM

Reserve your tickets here, or on-site in the Weinberg and Sirovich offices. General Admission: $2* 

Join us for the first Creative Arts performance at our annual arts festival celebrating older adults in our community. This performance will feature acting, singing, dancing, poetry, puppetry, readings, and other performances by our older adults.

These acts are a work in progress and showcase how Older Adult Programs are adopting art as a holistic approach to health and healing.

Art Fair

14Y Gymnasium | 344 East 14th Street

Saturday, May 28 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Directly following the 1:00 PM performance, join us in the 14Y Gym for our first annual Art Fair, featuring an array of art from the many arts programs across our older adult sites. Art including ceramics, painting and more will be available for purchase. All proceeds directly support our Older Adult arts programs!

Health and Safety: Masks are required in the 14Y Gym and other common areas of the 14Y. All visitors must show proof of vaccination (at least 2 doses) with ID upon entry.

*Proceeds directly benefit Educational Alliance Older Adult arts programs.

Donate Now to support Older Adult Arts Programs