This article examines “Not Another Second” a joint project of Watermark Communities and Sage, the oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people.
“Not Another Second” stands for the collective time in which featured older adults either “lived double lives” or suppressed their true identities.” This concept provided the framework for a multimedia project that included “an interactive photographic art exhibit, a 14-minute video, a 148-page coffee-table book and a website.”
The goal of the project was “to show the diversity, impact, and importance of older adults and what they have learned.” The exhibit was launched at a Watermark residence in Brooklyn NY in January 2021 and is traveling to other Watermark communities around the country. Other similar projects are planned by the exhibit organizers.
“Not Another Second” offers creative aging programmers and teaching artists a resource for program development. It demonstrates the power of documenting the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals, especially those whose lives have been at least partially hidden or suppressed.