MANNY CANTOR CENTER AND LAURA NOVA PRESENT MOVING STORIES: A SENIOR LED WALKING TOUR OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
- Interactive Storytelling and Movement Project with Local Seniors Recognizes Older Americans Month –
LOWER EAST SIDE, NY, APRIL 27, 2015 -- A laundered synagogue on Madison Street, A first kiss at Seward Park Library, Biking hands free on the East River Path. Manny Cantor Center, the flagship building of the Educational Alliance, is pleased to present Moving Stories by artist and Lower East Sider, Laura Nova. Moving Stories is an interactive walking tour on the Lower East Side that encourages senior citizens to combine physical movement and memory through a series of storytelling workshops and group walks.
“Walking with the seniors is like walking with an expert, seeing previously unseen fascinations of a familiar world,” said Laura Nova, 2015 artist-in-residence at Manny Cantor Center. Moving Stories will be part of an Older Adults Art Exhibition featuring a ballet barre storytelling routine at the Manny Cantor Center to mark Older Americans Month, beginning May 13, 2015 – June 24, 2015. A series of scheduled walking tours led by selected seniors will be presented at the New Museum’s New Ideas Festival on May 30, 2015. A film screening will take place at the Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway in New York City in June.
Created in partnership with the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living at the Manny Cantor Center, which provides programs and services for more than 2,000 community members age 60 and up, this immersive journey unravels stories of people and places, of preserving personal identity, and of community and connection. An often overlooked population within a changing neighborhood, many seniors who participate in the project have lived on the LES all of their lives. Others are newer – not only to the neighborhood, but to the United States.
Moving Stories will be featured in the Manny Cantor Center’s Jewish Communal Fund Gallery as part of an Older Adult Art Exhibition featuring the work of Educational Alliance’s Older Adult members. The project includes a ballet barre routine and an exercise video featuring the seniors from Weinberg Senior Center, incorporating gesture and imagery to strengthen the connection between storytelling and physical expression.
“The ‘Moving Stories’ project is one of the Weinberg Center’s most engaging programs this year. We have been thrilled to work with Laura Nova as our artist-in-residence this year, especially because she lives in the neighborhood. Because the project is incorporating memory and location, it’s been really meaningful to our seniors to have someone working with them who is also experiencing the changes happening on the Lower East Side, and wants to ensure that our personal and collective stories are not lost,” said Karen Taylor, Program Director of the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living.
Moving Stories is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and SPARC, a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for The Aging and the City’s five local arts councils. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department For the Aging.
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