the courtyard of the Woodlawn Commons independent and enriched/assisted living apartments with flowers and decorative stones

YMCA Intergenerational Learning Program at Wesley

Students of the Saratoga YMCA Preschool Program and residents of Woodlawn Commons at The Wesley Community have been sharing time during the school year as part of an enriching intergenerational program. For thirty minutes of each class day, the students and older adults interact, engage, support, educate and bond with one another, helping students develop an excitement and joy for learning.

Recently, the students and Wesley residents shared a wonderful opportunity to participate in an inter-generational arts program called Smiles and Synesthesia. This series was a merger of music and color through poetry, painting and dance, bringing these two generations together through art. On the last day, students and their parents, along with Woodlawn Commons residents, joined together for a show of their creative work. A pamphlet of the art works and residents stories and reflections was passed out among attendees. The original works were displayed on the walls to be enjoyed. Below are photos of the event

Thank you to the Saratoga YMCA and the Saratoga Arts Council, which made this program possible with an Arts Education Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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The Wesley Community