The Seattle Public Library Offers Virtual Arts Programs for Older Adults in October
release date: 09/29/2020
This fall, The Seattle Public Library and Silver Kite Community Arts have partnered to offering online intergenerational workshops, talks, social hours, and performances for the community. These opportunities provide stimulating and creative engagement opportunities, as well as social connection.
“Older adults are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nancy Slote. “We are working with community partners to offer virtual programs to help older adults navigate important decisions with physical and mental health, as well as fun programs that help them connect and learn.”
Visit the Library’s calendar at spl.org/fiftyplus to find and register for these upcoming events:
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 – Beginning Improvisation Theatre. Learn how to say "yes, and!" and develop skills to create and share ideas at the drop of a hat.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 – Introduction to Pastels. Learn how to use pastels to draw a simple still life.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 – Dance as a Performing Art. Dance with us and learn how recreational dances change when they are staged. This workshop will focus on the European folk dance roots of ballet, the creativity of modern dance, and the skill of articulation.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 – Beginning Drawing. During this interactive workshop, learn basic drawing techniques as you draw objects in a still life.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 – Pop-Up Cards. Learn how to turn flat pieces of paper into three-dimensional shapes. Cut, bend, fold and attach paper to create art from your recycling bin.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 – Writing Fiction. Join us for a fiction writing workshop and learn how to bring your fictional characters to life.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16 – The Power of Play. Play is an important part of learning at any age. During this interactive presentation, we'll explore how play contributes to understanding, memory and cognition and identify ways to bring play into our lives.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 – Making Puppets. Have fun designing and creating puppets with recycled materials.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 – Mindfulness. This workshop will introduce the art of mindfulness with suggestions for creating a simple, ongoing practice.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23 – Poetry Writing. Join us for a workshop on crafting poems reflective of life experiences. This workshop is designed for writers who have some prior experience with writing poetry.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sip and Paint with Acrylics. Join us for a step-by-step acrylic painting workshop. Grab a beverage and spend an hour with us talking and making art together.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 – Dances of the 20th Century. From the Lindy Hop and Charleston to Motown and Hip Hop, it's been quite a century. Dance along with us by using simple moves led by mirroring. Participants can stand or sit.
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 – Telling Scary Stories. Just in time for Halloween, join us for a storytelling workshop focused on the spooky side of life!
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 – Mask Making. Celebrate Halloween by designing and creating masks that reflect a super hero, an animal, an inner quality or a character.
The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer classes and workshops that are accessible to all.
All physical locations of The Seattle Public Library are closed in accordance with public health guidelines, though some locations are now open for Curbside service, book returns and restroom service. Find out more at spl.org/roadtoreopening.