The Creative Center is announced as a 2020 Recipient of Tisch Illumination Fund Arts and Health Initiative!
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund announced that The Creative Center at University Settlement, one of the Arts in Health initiative's inaugural cohort of grantees, will once again be part of the cohort of organizations receiving funding in its 2020 Arts in Health initiative to promote creative aging and as an outlet for patients and survivors of cancer and other serious diseases. In 2020, The Creative Center will advance core programs, including Hospital Artists-In-Residence in New York City, daily workshops in visual, performing, and literary arts, and a Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Healthcare and Creative Aging. In addition to this funding, the Fund will support several scholarships in TCC's annual Training Institute as well as professional development for staff.
The grant is part of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund's Arts in Health initiative, which the Fund launched in 2018 to support organizations working on health issues that impact New York communities and that utilize the arts as a tool for healing, with a special emphasis on improving access and addressing disparities in health outcomes.
As one recent participant in TCC's Arts Workshop Program attested: "This class showed me that I can do other things and taught me that I should try things even though I am sick. It truly was a healing and rebirth of my identity after cancer. It expanded my creativity and gave me lots of joy, excitement and happiness through the creative process in a safe environment."
"The Creative Center is part of a growing national movement to use the arts to address health-related issues," said Rick Luftglass, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund."It also is perfectly aligned with findings from a national Harris poll that gauged the public's attitudes about opportunities for the arts. The poll found that more than 8 in 10 Americans agreed that the arts can help people address key health challenges in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones by challenging mental health stigma, helping to overcome traumatic events, and providing therapeutic benefits and quality of life for people with aging-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, other dementias and Parkinson's. We're pleased to support The Creative Center in strengthening and advancing innovative programs that truly can change lives."
Enjoy reading I Already Am Places: A Selection of Writing from The Moving Pen Workshop 2019 at The Creative Center! Our longest running partnership program with New York Writers Coalition always produces an amazing amount of new writing in each cycle, but the work from Fall 2019 was truly breathtaking. Congratulations to all the featured participants! Art work by Elizabeth York, Edited by our longtime Moving Pen facilitator Frank Haberle.