Senior Programs

 

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts’ (FCCA) Education offers programs that provide seniors opportunities to actively engage in the arts and 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!

 

2017-2018 Performance Series

 

Diwali Dance Party: Kathak, Bhangra, & Beyond​

Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Celebrate Diwali with an Indian dance party, featuring Abha Roy and the Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha! Each artist will introduce you to her form and invite you to learn traditional Kathak dance moves and Bhangra folk dances. Audience members will see and participate in a range of Indian dances from the courtly Kathak dances to free style Bhangra folk dances that are the basis of Bollywood. 

 

Vado Diomande & Kotchenga Dance Company​: Dance and Drumming of the Ivory Coast

Friday, December 8, 2017, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Vado Diomande & Kotchegna Dance Company will delight, teach, and inspire audience members with the joyful dances of the Ivory Coast! Colorful clothing, vibrant dancing, and the exciting rhythms of djembe and doundoun drums, sweeps you into a powerful experience of West African village life. Dancing is the heart of Ivory Coast culture, from honoring important visitors to celebrating the harvest, dance and drum create a beautiful web of community and caring. Mask dances add another layer of meaningful expression that bring protection, blessings, warnings, and ancestral messages at special moments.

 

Campbell Brothers​: Gospel & Steel Guitar

Friday, February 9, 2018, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in the Gospel and Steel Guitar tradition. Rounding out the band, which has been playing together for nearly two decades, is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar and his son Carlton on drums. Katie Jackson's classic, gutsy gospel vocals bring the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that will introduce audience members to Sacred Steel - African-American gospel music.

 

Joan Soriano: Bachata from the Dominican Republic 

Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:00AM

Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Joan blends the Afro-Dominican sacred traditions of palo and gaga with bachata, imparting his music with a down to earth spirit and dance-ability. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them. He is a rare combination of new and authentic.

 

Cambalache​: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico

Friday, May 4, 2018, 10:00 & 11:30AM

Cambalache (from a Spanish word that means exchange), is a group of musicians from East LA., who play son jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico, popular on the Gulf Coast, a cultural region shaped by Indigenous, African and Spanish culture. Cambalache promotes traditional Son Jarocho music that draws audience members to participate in their performances in the spirit of the fandango, a traditional community celebration with music and dance.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Art of Illusion 

 

Art comes in many forms. Throughout art history artists have tried to trick the viewer in believing what they see is actually real or optically real. In this series of workshops, we will explore the artists that tried and succeeded.  Artists such as MC Escher, Victor Vasarely and the Op-Art artists of the 1960's will be introduced. We will also explore the work of Josef Albers (the Father of color theory) and Trompe l'oeil artists. Lastly, we will also discover how a mirror is used to create interesting mirror images. After each artist or art form is introduced, the participants will create their own work inspired by the masters.  This residency will culminate with an art exhibition of the seniors work with an “artists talk-back” at the senior center.

 

Music & Art Making: The Influences of Classical, Ragtime, and Jazz Music on Impressionist, Cubist, and Art Deco art & artists

 

Throughout the ages the disciplines music and art have been telltale representations of the day. Every decade in history has its own music and its own art. For example: the Jazz era brought a new modern way of looking at art with its art deco style and big band music. In this series, participants will listen to music of an era and create a piece of art in the style of the era. The teaching artist will introduce Impressionist, Cubist and the Art Deco styles, and seniors will create their own art inspired by representative music (Classical, Ragtime and Jazz) and masters. The seniors' art work will be displayed in a culminating exhibition. 

 

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