Office for the Aging


Schenectady County: Tapping Into the Arts

Tapping into the Arts is an innovative arts education program for Schenectady County's older adults, at-large community members, and individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. This unique collaborative offers classes and workshops at inner-city locations for an intergenerational, fine and preforming arts program experience.

It is operated in partnership with the Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Services, Schenectady ARC, Proctor's, YWCA and the Schenectady Light Opera Company and made possible from fees for service, grants from Schenectady County and the Marjorie Rockwell Fund for the Disabled of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Funding supports a part-time ARC coordinator, supplies, travel, small occupancy costs, and scholarships for approved participants.

The program offers a variety of three-session classes and one-day workshops including Beginning Ballroom, Acting 101, Watercolors, Improvisational Theater, Ceramics, Gentle Yoga and much more.

Tapping into the Arts aims to build upon the strength of Downtown Schenectady's emerging arts district to offer arts programming complementary to that already presented by Proctors Theatre, the Schenectady Light Opera Company and other arts, entertainment and educational organizations in Schenectady County.

Please visit the following web sites to see the current schedule of classes and registration form. Class costs range from $10 to $35 and scholarships are available on a limited basis. Starting this summer, registration will be available online through Proctor's Theater.

For more information, please visit Schenectady County's web site, or the Tapping Into the Arts web page.

Did You Know?
A 2006 National Endowment for the Arts study reveals how on-going, community-based arts programs improve the quality of life for older Americans. It was the first study of its kind to examine the impact of professionally conducted arts programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. Read the study here.