• April 17th, 2024
  • Wednesday, 06:32:42 AM

Grant Funds New Opportunities for Seniors with Siempre Creativo Program

Photo: Adobe Stock A new grant will create free art opportunities for Albuquerque seniors.


The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) recently announced that it has received a $15,000 award from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) New Mexico, which will fund a free multidisciplinary arts program for seniors, known as Siempre Creativo.


“Through Siempre Creativo, the NHCC will be able to provide opportunities for seniors to connect with each other while expressing themselves and their cultural identity through various art forms in a supportive environment,” said Noël Bella Merriam, NHCC artistic director and co-interim executive director. “The NHCC is the perfect place for participating in creative aging programs that are culturally responsive and tailored to Albuquerque seniors. We’re so grateful to AARP and the NHCC Foundation for their generous support.”


“These new programs would not have been possible without a strong partnership between the NHCC and its Foundation,” said NHCC Foundation President John Martinez. “Collaboration between Foundation and the NHCC is the bedrock of our work, and that partnership has resulted in a slate of new programs for New Mexico seniors to enjoy.”


Under this new program, the NHCC will offer a series of free workshops throughout 2023 that blend wellness and social interaction with a variety of Hispanic art forms, from literary arts to dance classes. El Arte de la Palabra will open the world of creative writing for seniors through poetry and fiction readings and workshops with Hispanic authors and poets. As part of the program, the NHCC will welcome author Alicia Gaspar de Alba for a reading on March 23, followed by a workshop on March 25.


Later in the spring, head to the Center for four weeks of traditional New Mexico music with dance classes such as La Marche. New Mexico Folk Dance begins on Thursday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. and these two-hour classes run for four consecutive Thursdays. Once the weather heats up, don’t miss Summer Salsa and Tango for Seniors, which will provide four weeks of salsa and tango lessons beginning June 7.


Later in the summer, Artes Creativas will celebrate New Mexico art traditions such as punched tin and provide opportunities to explore watercolor and printmaking through museum tours and hands-on art activities. Finally, Nuestra Herencia will provide participating seniors with the opportunity to participate in interactive tours of the NHCC Art Museum and Torreón, paired with genealogy workshops and coffee socials. These workshops will take place in the early fall.


All events are free, and seniors can register for these workshops at nhccnm.org or for more information call (505) 246-2261.