News from North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony: Readers Theater Performance 6/16

~ Sara Debevic, Program Director


The Eisner Foundation




This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



California Arts Council



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EngAGE Awarded California Arts Council “Research in the Arts” Grant

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award$45,000 to EngAGE as part of its “Research in the Arts” pilot program.


Research in the Arts was developed to foster original research on the value and impact of the arts. Grantees will produce at least one article-length research paper ready for publication.

About the grant:

The U.S. is experiencing an increase in older adults, and helping them remain active in their communities is a priority. Engaging in the arts is a promising approach to help keep older adults active and engaged in meaningful ways. A number of studies suggest that engaging in the arts can help promote well-being of older adults. The purpose of this proposal is to examine the effect of arts programs on well-being with an emphasis on decreasing social isolation and increasing positive affect.

EngAGE received one of just four grants awarded to California-based scholars and research teams. The news of EngAGE’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at

“The California Arts Council is proud to support research projects that will analyze and better explain the role of art in all aspects of our lives,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “Understanding art’s impact educates stakeholders and helps the Arts Council refine its efforts to provide the maximum benefit to California’s communities.”

To view a complete listing of all Research in the Arts grantees, visit

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at


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Photos from LBSAC “Circle of Unity” Art Show

On June 8th, Long Beach Senior Arts Colony opened their new art show, “Circle of Unity,” which features the work of professional resident artist Alva McNeal and several of our emerging senior artists. The show included visual arts, ceramics, jewelry, and a community mural created by the elder artists along with the kindergarten class from Maple Village Waldorf Academy.

Special highlights included a “Circle of Unity” Tai Chi demonstration led by Florence St. Peter, our 83 year-old instructor, and her devoted students. A lovely rendition of the song, “Somewhere,” was sung by our talented vocalist, Jacqueline Crist-Franzen. These moments were moving and magical. The arts-loving audience was simply enchanted.


Lena Gonzales, the Councilwoman for The First District of Long Beach, generously donated delicious food for the event, and her staff member presented us with an honorary certificate commending EngAGE for the creative sparks we ignite through our active aging programs and events.

The gallery and lobby area were jam-packed with friends, family, and local art patrons who were delighted and impressed with the creative caliber of our amazing LBSAC community.

We also acknowledged the creative caliber of our wondrous young art instructors, Colette Brown (ceramics) and Ciana Lee (fine art), both graduates of the CSULB art department, who bring out the best in our artists and are the heart of our art programming.

Enjoy some pictures and a short slideshow of the “Circle of Unity” event, and the moments leading up to it.  Feel free to contact to schedule a visit to the gallery exhibit. ~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director


This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



The Eisner Foundation







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Next Avenue’s 5th Anniversary

We offer congratulations to our friends at Next Avenue who recently celebrated their 5th anniversary! Consistently excellent posts on a wide variety of topics of interest to older people are the reason for their success. Take a look at these recent favorites:

Too Old to Learn a Language? Don’t Believe It
As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you.

Will Your Health Insurance Cover You Abroad?
Make sure you know before you leave to avoid any expensive surprises.

What We Now Know About Poor Sleep in Older Adults
Why sleep is so important for good health and what we’ve been doing wrong.

What Are the Options for In-Home Care?
For most families helping older adults, it will be an out-of-pocket expense

Take the ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Creativity Challenge
Try it, try it, and you will see! Limiting choices sets you free!

Next Avenue also honors annually a group of “Influencers in Aging.” The list includes fifty advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers, and experts who push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older. EngAGE Founder and CEO Tim Carpenter was a 2016 Influencer in Aging.


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News from North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony: Summer Concert 6/22

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


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Photos from the Magnolia at Highland Art Show

This was the culmination of 2 courses taught by CSUSB art students in the last 7 weeks. A beginning painting class, and a “Reflection Project” in which each student was challenged to think about how they see themselves vs. how society sees them, and then create a mirror with their own perceptions represented in it.

We had a great turnout with friends and neighbors coming and going throughout the afternoon. The featured resident artists were proud to see their work on display and a slideshow of their time in class on the big screen. Some were even happy to tell their guests all about their process. They received certificates from their teachers, and shared their gratitude for the entire experience. Everyone enjoyed the food and each others’ company.

I personally can’t thank CSUSB enough for their continued support and willingness to come back every year. Their Art Instruction Dept. always seems to find outstanding students who are excited to teach and learn from our seniors. This was a very strong group and the residents took it all in and made the best of their short time with them.

~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director



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Experience Talks 6/11: Steven Hancoff

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.


Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.


JUNE 11, 2017 @ 5 PM PDT
with host


STEVEN HANCOFF began his career as a self-taught guitarist, writer, and arranger, by learning, then ultimately recording, traditional American music, from Ragtime to Tin Pan Alley to New Orleans Jazz to Duke Ellington. For fifteen years, he toured the world – about 50 countries – as an official Artistic Ambassador representing the United States of America for the State Department.

In 2015, after eight years of intense devotion to what he considers his life’s work, Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo, was published. The full project includes his CD and digital recordings of the music as transcribed for acoustic guitar, and a massive four-volume interactive iBook, which includes 25 embedded videos, more than 1,000 historical pictures, and the largest collection of Bach inspired Art – Bachiana – ever compiled. There are also 14 YouTube Videos. He also tours, presenting his work on stage in a one-man show entitled, From Tragedy to Transcendence – Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo.

Steven studied at St. John’s College, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. (St. John’s is a private liberal arts college known for its distinctive curriculum centered on reading and discussing the Great Books of Western Civilization.) He has been a Rolfer™ for more than 30 years, and is a member of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association.

Learn more at his website. Purchase his Bach, Casals and the Six Suites for Cello Solo on iTunes and CDBaby. His other albums are available here.

Baroque – © 2005 Cynthia Friedlob, Prismacolor pen drawing, 17″x20″


Experience Talks host Cynthia Friedlob is honored that her drawing, Baroque, is part of the collection of art included in Steven Hancoff’s exceptional project.





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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Reader’s Theatre Concludes 5th Season

“It’s Always About the Money, Honey” – A new two-act play, written by resident director Barbara Fay, will conclude the 5th season performed by our outstanding troupe of actors at LBSAC. The comedic play is about family, feuds, finances, and fiances. The performance will be on Thursday, June 15th, at 7 p.m. in the theater at LBSAC, 200 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA. Congratulations to the Readers Theatre troupe for 5 memorable seasons of productions!

This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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Featured Resident Artist: Kailas Dave, Burbank Senior Artists Colony

We have many talented, creative residents living in our EngAGE communities. Here’s one from BSAC.

Kailas Dave
Artist: Watercolors class, Sketching/Painting class, Clay Jewelry class/teacher

I always liked to draw and create art from about the age of eight or nine.

On my sixteenth birthday, my father bought me an art supply set which included watercolor paint and some brushes. I experimented but did not find that it was so easy. So I joined classes for one or two months. However, after finishing high school, I attended a science college and I had no time to attend art classes.

What I had learned did prove useful.  I drew botanical and zoological specimens and later I participated in a biology exhibition where I painted animals and plants.

I entered medical school at the age of eighteen. There I drew more and managed to do some color pencil renditions of human anatomy, pathology specimens, and so on. But no real water colors were used.

During my summer vacations and when ever got time, I did return to painting.

Later, I did my residency in Pediatrics. I worked In India, my birth country, and moved to England as a Pediatrician. My work there was busy, too.

I moved to USA in 1984 where I was required to do my residency again after certain passing necessary examinations. I had to pass my Board exams, while working as a Pediatrician.  I also was raising two children, which left me very little time for any artistic pursuits.

After forty years of working as a practicing pediatrician, I retired and moved to Burbank in 2014.

When I found out about the art classes offered at the BSAC like watercolor paintings, I was delighted and joined different classes. At one stage I had the opportunity to teach drawing to the other residents of the colony. I’ve also enjoyed classes in jewelry and have taken part in plays as well.

Besides watercolor paintings, I’ve also begun to learn oil painting in the past year. I have completed about ten to twelve oil paintings by now. Some have been displayed in exhibitions conducted by the Burbank Art Association and Burbank Artists Colony shows.

I hope I continue to paint and create crafts for activity and enjoyment. It keeps my brain active and makes me feel good! I love the classes at BSAC they have brought me so much joy and creativity.


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News from North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony: Colony Choir Debut

The inaugural North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony choir made its debut on May 25 at a community potluck, performing in diverse styles and featuring multiple soloists. Opening with the traditional song, “When the Saints Go Marching In,” the group continued to honor classic American music with a rendition of “Side By Side” that showcased Carol Egen on kazoo and Michael Hertz on kazoo and jug. Leonard Cohen’s beautiful ballad, “Hallelujah,” featured solos by G. Martin Green and Essie Neff, followed by the swinging jazz standard, “Fly Me to the Moon,” sung by powerhouse Darrell Pugh. Carol Egen’s captivating performance of “Who Can I Turn To” earned rapt applause, and the choir responded with an a cappella presentation of the sacred song, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” Latin for ‘grant us peace.’ To conclude the program, choir director Angela Vicente invited everyone in the room to join in singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the final notes resounding gloriously amongst the entirety of those gathered therein.

~ Sara Debevec, Program Director


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