SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale Public Library is offering older adults the opportunity to share their life stories through art, as it hosts a free eight-session workshop for participants older than 55.
Using a variety of mediums, “Memory, Narrative, Image: Oral History as Inspiration for Making Art” will allow participants to explore their memories and family histories.
Artists will first share an oral history, then use collage, mixed media and assemblage techniques to build and illustrate their narratives.
“’Memory, Narrative, Image’ will allow participants to engage in and explore the creative process in a supportive setting,” Scarsdale Library Director Elizabeth Bermel said. “Use of narratives encourages them to exercise memory and develop storytelling skills. They’ll have the opportunity to explore a large range of art techniques to visually express their stories.”
Local artists Diane Cherr and Mara Mills will be in charge of guiding participants through the class. Sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday’s beginning in October, culminating in an event Dec. 16 that will allow the artists to share their work with friends and family.
The library is able to offer “Memory, Narrative, Image” for free courtesy of a $2,340 state grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional money also has been donated by the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation. The Scarsdale Public Library is one of 10 libraries in Westchester to receive the grant. The Friends of the Scarsdale Library will assume any additional costs.
The program only can acept 12-15 people and registration is required. Those interested should inquire at the reference desk at the library.