Our Arts for Life Expo, held last October 30 through November 26 at BPAC’s Performing Arts School, turned out to be a mini-expo. Enrollment was very small due to an assortment of publicity issues, but those who attended were very enthusiastic and are looking forward to future courses. However, BergenPAC and Arts for Life have had a cordial parting of the ways and we are currently exploring other venues and formats for Arts for Life programs. The Expo was, in fact, an excellent learning experience, trite as that may sound.
I welcome any venue suggestions you may have that are neither senior centers nor faith-based organizations. I want the emphasis to be on ARTS, and to reach out to older adults who may not be affiliated anywhere but who want to learn and play. I’ve already heard from two arts organizations that are interested in brainstorming about collaborative efforts, and I will keep you informed as things develop.
It would be so easy to tell myself that I don’t need this in my retirement, that I should walk away from it and leave it to others, but the excitement I feel from all who learn about Arts for Life sustains my passion. These programs are crucial if we are to remain vital, to refresh our minds and bodies, and to just plain have fun in the later stages of life. There’s plenty of bad stuff out there; we want to celebrate the good stuff!
As I write this, snow and freezing weather are once again predicted. Stay warm and cozy.