We didn't want to end the week without sharing our beautiful SPARC images. In case you missed our last blog post, tomorrow is the large collaborative action painting.
Join us this Saturday (May 24) 1:00 - 3:00 PM to create a large collaborative action painting on canvas!
Paint, draw, drip, splash -- bring friends, family, kids! (Ages 5 and up)
Free & Open to All, Materials Provided
Building I Recreation Room (Basement) or Outside -- weather permitting!
100 LaSalle St. New York, NY 10027
This Monday the meeting will be from 10AM - 11:30AM. Anna will be doing a paper mache doll/puppet demo. Participants can watch or get messy.
All are welcome to participate.
Anna is looking to borrow a sewing machine. If anyone has access to one, please let us know. Thank you!
Read about the Aging Tsunami in NYC, which makes reference to the value of NORC programs such as MRHS, from today's Gotham Gazette.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) urges you to Make a Call for Aging Services
Join MRHS Artist-in-Residence, Anna Adler, on Thursday June 5th, at 6pm for a FREE tour of the exciting new exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem (125th St. near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd).
The exhibition is titled 'When the Stars Begin to Fall': Imagination and the American South. Please follow the link below for more information:
The tour will be led by a museum educator and include a conversation with Lauren Kelley, one of the artists in the show.
Please meet at the museum at 5:45pm, the tour will take about an hour, and will leave time to browse the museum/exhibition, which is open until 9pm.
Tour is FREE, but space is limited, please RSVP to Margaret Bianchi <firstname.lastname@example.org> or simply post a comment here on the blog.
This program is made possible by MRHS, SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Every May we say farewell to our social work interns. This year we were lucky to have Aissata Kebe with us. We wish her the best of luck at her new internship in the Fall and warm wishes on her upcoming wedding in June. The following is Aissata's reflection on her time at MRHS. Thank you Aissata!
When I was informed by the Columbia School of Social Work that I would be interning at MRHS back in September, I was excited because I have worked with the aging population for a short period of time before, but I was also nervous because this meant that it would be for the full school year! What could a 26-year-old woman from Senegal bring to this exotic environment? My short time at the Health Advocates for Older People in the Upper East Side did not prepare me enough for the appealing population I would find here, ranging from Holocaust survivors to children form the Great Depression era.
Before I started here, I was afraid that I would not be able to relate to the clients I would be working with due to several reasons, such age differences, cultural and social backgrounds; but now, I am pleased to say that none of my fears became true. I learned that people’s characters and experiences make them but not necessarily their age and the next thing I knew, I fell in love with the clients I provided direct services for. My caseload included a lovely 100-year old woman, who is the sweetest person you will ever meet and a charming couple in their 90s. I even fell in love with the volunteers and those who simply enjoyed hanging out in the office. I learned that I did not need to be in their age range to relate to them. I was surprised when I learned that I had a lot in common with some people I met.
During my time here, I had the opportunity to learn and grow so much as a person and an aspiring social worker. I have formed great relationships with my clients who felt comfortable sharing a great part of their lives with me, such as what it was like living in the early 1900s. I am a person who likes adventure and who is very attracted to history and life in the past, and at MRHS, the people I met took me through that adventure. This was something I have always longed for but never had the luck to experience before, not even with my own grandparents who never confided in me or tell me exciting stories about growing up, getting married and having children in rural Senegal, all because of cultural reasons. The Senegalese culture is a somewhat conservative one and communication between elders and younger people is very limited. Whereas here, I could talk about anything; some topics made me feel uncomfortable but I am glad there were no barriers between my clients or shall I say my new friends and I.
I would like to thank the entire MRHS staff and all of the residents of the Morningside Gardens for allowing me this valuable experience. I very much enjoyed running the Supper group, the Low Vision group, part of the Memory Tree, and creating and running the clutter workshop. I also enjoyed helping residents with small tasks such as making phone calls, paying bills or escorting them to their doctor’s appointments or to the supermarket; anything that lifted some of their burden.
I had goals when I started working here and all of them were met because MRHS is very supportive and willing to let its interns experiment and bring in new ideas. I also had great supervision which gave me good direction in the goals I was working towards.
Coming to MRHS was something I looked forward to every morning because I knew that at the end of the day, I would walk out with a sense of fulfillment. I am glad I got to learn how exciting it is to work with the senior population. This is an experience I will never forget and I know the skills I acquired along the way will guide me through my career. I am proud to say that Columbia made the right decision when they placed me at MRHS.
Aissata Kebe, Social Work Intern, Columbia University School of Social Work
MRHS Film Committee Presents
First Wednesday Films
May 7 at 7:30 PM
Featuring: The Rules of the Game
(1939) 1 hr., 50 min.
French with English subtitles. Scathing critique of French society cloaked in a comedy of manners. Takes place over a weekend at a marquis’ country chateau. Often cited as one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Unrated.
MRHS Tuttle Center, 100 La Salle, #MC
$1.00 suggested donation
Please write a comment if you would like tickets to The Harlem Chamber Players Spring Finale Concert, which takes place at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 521 West 126th Street on Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 PM.
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