Grant Funding From Ithaca College's Linden Center For Creativity Will Support Art Opportunities For Older Adults In Tompkins County

ITHACA, NY — Thanks to the 2009 Linden Center Community Arts Grants — a collaboration between Ithaca College’s Linden Center for Creative Aging and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County — six local organizations will receive a total of $10,000 in grant funding to support arts activities for older adults.

“The objective of these grants is to provide Tompkins County not-for-profit organizations with funds to create, support and assess arts activities that involve older adults,” said John Krout, director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, which houses the Linden Center for Creativity and Aging. “The grants will support programs that involve older adults in the creation of art rather than attending or observing arts events or shows. Programs that have an intergenerational focus are encouraged.”

A unit of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, the Linden Center is grounded in the growing awareness of the many ways that older adults can benefit physically, socially, psychologically and spiritually from the engagement in creative pursuits.

“The link between creativity and aging is seen as two-way street where creativity blossoms not in spite of aging, but because of it,” said Robin Schwartz, program director for the Community arts Partnership. “This new perspective on aging reflects the goal of the Linden Center to look more closely at old age as a time when creativity not only contributes to better individual health and well-being but also benefits family, friends, community and the arts.”

Despite New York State budget cuts in 2009, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (CAP) continues to serve the county in a dynamic way with programs such as the Linden Grant, Schwartz added. For more about CAP’s programs and services, visit or call (607) 273-5072, ext. 2.

The six agencies receiving funding in 2009 are listed below. Additional grant funding may be available in 2010 and beyond. 

Better Housing for Tompkins County’s Juniper Manor in Trumansburg is hosting a series of free memoir writing workshops for seniors with poet Michael Czarnecki. Classes start on April 22. Those interested may call or e-mail Sue Roenke, manager of Juniper Manor, at or 387-5922. 

Freeville Community Center will hold a series of intergenerational watercolor classes with artist Inshik Lee. Those interested in participating should e-mail Lee at

 Lifelong Community Center will hold a series of free painting classes for older adults with artist Mary Beth Ihnken, culminating in a mural at Clare Bridge. Classes will start in July. Interested participants should contact Jillian Pendleton at Lifelong at (607) 273-1511 or

 The Ink Shop Printmaking Center in downtown Ithaca will hold a series of free printmaking workshops on the theme of “generations” for older adults. These classes start in the fall. Contact the Ink Shop at or (607) 277-3884.

 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service (SPCS) will hold a free special Role Players Training Series (theater training) for older adults this summer. For more information, contact Lee-Ellen Marvin, Director of Interactive Theatre, at

 The Village at Ithaca will sponsor a free community chorus for older adults culminating in a concert of spirituals “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” Rehearsals start in April. If you would like to sing, contact Marie Hall at Lifelong at or (607) 273-1511.

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