Clown Artist, John LeoNimm, has been a teaching artist working in NYC senior centers for several years. He was one month into teaching clown and comedy skills to older adults at the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, when the senior center closed due to COVID-19. While still uncertain what the closures might mean for the program, he worked fast to investigate ways to move his class online, crowd-sourcing solutions within his teaching artist community on Facebook.
Greenwich House has been pivoting many of their live programs to an online format during the crisis. Their teachers are quickly adapting to teaching via Zoom, and have worked with the Greenwich House communications team to post about 40% of their Seniors Online Learning Center classes online. In addition, they asked their members who are creating art at home to submit photos of their work to a virtual art show so that they can share their work with the whole community.