Care Café: Creative Arts with Older Adults

By Kimberly Moore
Director, Care Café

On Friday, June 24, 2022, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work Care Café partnered with Painting Hangout to recognize June’s social awareness themes: Men’s Health Month and Gun Violence Prevention Month.

Our festivities were held at a fun, vibrant location in Harlem: A. Phillip Randolph Center Senior Center, located at 108 West 146th Street, New York City. Led by Richard Allman, the fearless program director of ARC, an announcement was made to members explaining the scope and structure of services for the day. Quickly, members signed up for the paint class and even joined on a walk-in basis due to its popularity.

The group opened with a short discussion about the benefits of art as a tool for emotional health and healing. Everyone was centered and focused on the creation of their art pieces guided by the artists, Amber and Liza. With the background sounds of smooth jazz rhythms, the art pieces created were impeccable.

Pictured here are the pieces that members made: The Tree of Life; The Purple Butterfly; The Swan – A Symbol of Peace.

 

 

In our continued efforts to support veterans, Care Café met with members of ARC who indicated that they were veterans with the goal of assessing their needs and offering social support, case management and community-based referrals. We were thrilled to meet veterans who reported that they were 94 years young and served in multiple branches of the military during the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

A special “thank you” to the esteemed artists at Painting Hangout, Liza, Amber and Sam, for their generosity and accommodations with traveling to our Senior Center to facilitate the program. We also thank Jarrell Peaker, ARC activities coordinator, for the continued commitment and support.

Finally, thank you to Allysha B., Care Café Intern; Cheryl Kincaid, community volunteer; and Jon Greenfield, YU’s director of government relations, for helping to coordinate the group and stopping by to support us!

We look forward to our next painting party together!

Learn more about Painting Hangout, and for additional resources and support, feel free to reach out to the Care Café team at carecafe@yu.edu or 646.592.6827.

Be Well!