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Learn to Express Yourself Through Art: Free Courses for Midlife and Older Adults


Thanks to Lifetime Arts for securing funding and inviting our library system to participate, NYPL is once again able to offer free sustained art courses, taught by professional teaching artists, for adults age 55 and over. Seventeen branch libraries have received funding that enables them to host these classes, which will take place from February-November 2013, and which cover a wide variety of arts including: painting, sculpting, collage, memoir-writing/performance, drawing, and quilt-making.

Because of the great interest generated over the years, many of the libraries will be entering names of those who pre-register in a lottery to ensure an opportunity for all to partake. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Contact the libraries directly for more information on how to register.

Columbus Library: Collage for Your Soul, begins February 2
Mid-Manhattan Library: The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft, begins February 12
St. George Library Center: Drawing from Life’s Journey, begins March 1
Roosevelt Island Library: Experiencing the Joy of Color, begins March 1
Jefferson Market Library: Drawing People in Places, begins March 8
Mulberry Street Library: Drawing from Observation, begins March 16
Countee Cullen Library: Creating Artist’s Books, begins April 2
Kingsbridge Library: Writing Through Memory: Memoir and Storytelling, begins April 3
Bronx Library Center: The Colors of the Water, begins April 4
Kips Bay Library: Quilt-Making with Karen Fitzgerald, begins April 4
Riverdale Library: Exploration in Portraiture, begins April 8 
St. Agnes Library: Using Writing and Drama to Share Your Personal Story, begins April 8
Inwood Library: Voz de la Guitarra, begins May 3
67th Street Library: Captured by Color, begins June 3
Parkchester Library: Sculpture 101, begins June 3
Spuyten Duyvil Library: Book Making, begins September 11


These Lifetime Arts programs are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Westchester Library System, AARP Foundation, American Library Association, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation.


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This is terrific but the activity list appears to be years out of date, some from 2011, hardly helpful. This program caught my eye and then I realized that it over already! How can library patrons avail themselves of current activities? The bulletin boards are singlularly unhelpful, with no extra copies and what schedules there are, have holes in them, i.e. TBA.

art being taught to older adults again

I just saw this class & would love to participate on the UWS of Manhattan if offered again

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