The Arts for Life Sampler was a great success, according to both the participants and artist-teachers. About 40 people came to BergenPAC and Zendoodled, danced, created poetry, read a play aloud, Dalcrozed, and drummed!
Many have asked about doing it again, which I’d love, but as always, these things depend on funding, especially if they’re free. This time, thanks to BergenPAC’s wonderfully providing space, staff and food, and the generous support of the Community Chest Serving Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation and the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, we were able to make it happen.
What this experiment showed – for that’s what it was – is that there is a real demand for participatory arts programs for active older adults, and that, as we all know, we are an eager and vital population and (to be crass), a viable target market.
Stay tuned for word on the future – but not until we decompress!
Pictures to follow.