Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts’ (FCCA) Education offers programs that provide seniors opportunities to actively engage in the arts, creatively express themselves while learning new skills.

 

 

Performances

 

Seniors are welcomed to attend our matinee performances of music, dance, and theater throughout the year. Tickets are just $7 per person!

 

2016-2017 Performance Series

 

Diwali Festival of Lights: folk dances of India

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with folk dances from historic India.  Master dancers from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, join forces to celebrate their shared history, and the festival of Diwali with traditional regional dances from all three countries.  A vibrant, colorful and informative show that also allows seniors to see an installation of traditional South Asian dress.

 

Michel Lauzière: the Science of Sound

Friday, January 13, 2017, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Highly entertaining, interactive, and musical, Michel uses basic scientific principles to play his bizarre and original musical instruments.  By watching Michel’s funny way of transforming noise into music, the audience is invited to learn about sound and how it works.  He explains what sound is, how it travels, how it is amplified with visual examples and audience participation.

 

Guy Davis: An American Blues Ambassador 

Friday, February 3, 2017, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Guy Davis grew up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis) where he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age.  Guy leads seniors through an American music exploration of Delta Blues, Piedmont Blues, jazz, folk and much more.  

 

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars:  inspired Western African music

Friday, March 3, 2017, 10:00 & 11:30AM

A potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars began in West African refugee camps in the late 1990s.  A Canadian relief agency donated two beat up electric guitars, a single microphone and a meager sound system and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars were born.  Explore Sierra Leone’s folk music, and be inspired by these amazing humanitarians. 

 

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys: zydeco music and dance

Friday, March 10, 2017, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Explore the Mardi Gras tradition with the one of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard.  He has continually been an innovator, beginning his career with traditional Creole Zydeco music playing drums in his father’s band,  then moving on to develop the nouveau Zydeco sound in Zydeco Force, now returning to the more traditional Zydeco sound with his own band. 

 

For more information, please contact the Education department at (718) 463-7700 ext. 241 or email education@flushingtownhall.org

 

Workshops

 

We encourage seniors to participate in hands-on interactive arts programs to foster creativity and broaden imaginations. Workshops at Flushing Town Hall start at $195 for 30 participants maximum, or at your site for $250.

 

2016-2017 Workshop Programs

 

Mexican Paper Arts

 

In this workshop, participants will learn about the history of various secular and religious celebrations that occur throughout the year, and create their own Mexican piñatas using vibrant colored tissue paper and a ready-made papier-mâché structure and colorful Mexican paper flowers.

 

Collaged Wooden Frames

 

We think of frames as an accent to other work, yet they are often as important as the work they surround. In this workshop, participants will discuss the development of frames from Medieval 15th century altarpieces through contemporary use of the frame as an art object, followed by a hands-on activity to create unique collage frame designs using a variety of paper, recycled materials, and textures on the wood.

 

Good Nutrition in your Golden Years

 

Nutritionist Christina Camacho leads seniors on conversation about how to achieve balanced nutrition, how to keep your bones strong with calcium & vitamin D, and why being physically active is important. Attention is given to healthy eating as she prepares and demonstrates how to cook Quinoa. People who are vegetarians, vegan, and those with cereal grain allergies can base their diets on this delicious nutty food that is easy to prepare and high in protein. Food samples are available following the demonstration.

 

Korean Minhwa Folk Painting

 

Many aspects of Asian culture such as art have been influenced by China. Before the collapse of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China, most paintings were done only by educated painters and shared mainly with those in the upper class. After the collapse, Korea was forced to build new artistic models based on an inner search for Korean subjects. Developed during the latter half of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), the last and longest imperial dynasty of Korea, folk paintings called minhwa became very popular. Minhwa paintings were done and shared by ordinary people with vibrant colors and energetic subject matters. Participants will learn about the art of tracing and color blending while gaining a sense of the cultural movement in Asia.

 

For more information, please contact the education department at (718) 463-7700 ext. 241 or email education@flushingtownhall.org

 

Residencies

 

Seniors have the opportunity to work with artists for an extended period of time on a variety of different art projects that encourage creativity while learning new skills.

 

Exploring Master Painters in their Senior Years:  Master Works of Rembrandt, Picasso and O'Keefe

 

Participants will be introduced to works by masters, Rembrandt, Picasso and O’Keefe, who created in their senior years.  The teaching artists will lead and guide participants in creating their own versions of master works through painting and collage.  This project will culminate with an exhibition of the participant’s work.

 

Digital Painting

 

Learn how to use a touch-based tablet with a free painting application to create painting with your fingers. Participants will be presented with still-life set ups, images of famous paintings and opportunities to use their imagination to create their own masterpieces. Residency culminates in a slide presentation of the collective participants digital paintings which can be printed out for an exhibition.

 

For more information, please contact the education department at (718) 463-7700 ext. 239 or email education@flushingtownhall.org