Keyword: Connect Through Creativity Now

Teaching Creative Aging Classes Online: 1. Troubleshoot, 2. Don’t Sweat the Details

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.

Final Critiques and Closure via Google Hangouts in San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico-based Museum de Historia, Antropología y Arte was just finishing up their first year of Creative Aging programming when COVID-19 hit, which left their visual arts program with two remaining classes in the series. Lisa Ortega, Museum Educator, and teaching artist, Raúl Olmo joined forces with Katherine Márquez Torres, Marketing Specialist for the museum, to deliver a two-hour online critique session which was held via Google Hangouts. The program closed with an encore critique class on April 15.