Spring 2024 Creative Aging Residencies

2023 Creative Aging Memoir Writing Workshop participants with instructor Paul Rabinowitz.
2023 Memoir Writing workshop participants with instructor Paul Rabinowitz.

As part of our newest Arts in Health initiative, we’re happy to offer two Creative Aging Residencies this spring at Second Inning Senior Center and The Gateway Community Center! These programs help aging adults improve their quality of life through arts-based learning.

These programs have been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Spring 2024 Programs

The lead teaching artist at both locations is author, poet, and Director of Arts By The People, Paul Rabinowitz (pictured right).

Paul has 15 years of experience working with older adult groups and has built relationships in over 40 different senior communities. At his workshops he fosters a nurturing environment where everyone is comfortable sharing. 

Paul will be assisted by an additional teaching artist at each of the two venues. 

Creative Aging Memoir Writing instructor, Paul Rabinowitz.
Memoir Writing workshop instructor, Paul Rabinowitz.

Second Inning Senior Center Creative Aging Residency: Storytelling Workshop

This residency will bring creative arts programming to the growing Indian population of Parsippany. During this workshop, aging adult storytellers from all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to tell their story.

To prompt participants to write about their culture and heritage, they will be asked to bring in photographs and objects of significance from their lives. Additionally, during the sessions, an Indian author or dancer will perform a piece. Afterwards the group will discuss how this art form sparks memories from India.

Participants will share their work and get constructive feedback from Paul so they can delve deeper into their creative process and memories.

SCHEDULE

Join us on the following Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am to participate in this workshop series.

  • March 12, 19, 26
  • April 9, 16, 23, 30
  • May 14

LOCATION

Second Inning Senior Center

55 Algonquin Pkw, Whippany, NJ 07981

REGISTER

Registration is not required. This is a free workshop that everyone can participate in regardless of their cognitive or physical ability.

Yamini Pathak, author of the chapbooks, Atlas of Lost Places (Milk and Cake Press, 2020) and Breath Fire Water Song (Ghost City Press, 2021), will assist Paul at Second Inning Senior Center. Her words have appeared in Poetry Northwest, About Place Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Vida Review, and Waxwing.

The Gateway Community CenterCreative Aging Residency: Memoir Writing Workshop

Everyone has a story to tell. During this free workshop series, participants will build the confidence and skills needed to tell theirs.

Throughout the program, participants will hone their craft while bringing their personal stories to the page. They will explore multiple techniques including prose, poetry, flash memoir, visual journaling, and storytelling.

Paul will begin each session by reading a work of a great memoir or showing photos to spark memories. Afterwards, the group will discuss the work. Additionally, participants will bring in photographs and objects of significance from their lives to prompt them to write about their culture and heritage.

Participants will share their work and get constructive feedback from Paul so they can delve deeper into their creative process and memories.

SCHEDULE

Join us on the following Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am to participate in this workshop series:

  • April 17, 24
  • May 1, 15, 29
  • June 5, 19, 26

LOCATION

Gateway Community Resource Center

513 Birch Street Street, Boonton, NJ 07005

REGISTER 

Limited spaces are available. Visit www.gcrcnj.org to sign up.

Mel Efrus, will assist Paul in at the Gateway Community Resource Center with the photography sessions. Mel is a cross-disciplinary visual artist. Her work often involves photographs, self-portraits, writing, textiles, collage, and performance. She embraces experimentation and values community in the arts.