Friday, March 24, 2017

An Inspiring Multigenerational Community Effort!

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Catholic Healthcare Services' Saint Anne's Senior Community Center and Portside Arts Center will join Greensgrow Farms to celebrate their 20th Anniversary Season Opening and the dedication of the intergenerational mural created by youth and seniors from Portside Arts Center and Saint Anne’s Senior Community Center. The mural will be dedicated in memory of Greensgrow’s founder, Mary Seton Corboy.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:00 p.m.
Saint Anne’s Senior Community Center
2607 E. Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Last summer, Saint Anne’s Senior Community Center collaborated with Greensgrow Farms and their new community partner, Portside Arts Center, to work on the intergenerational mural project. Saint Anne’s artists mentored twenty-four children, ages 8-12, from Portside’s day camp program. The project began with a visit to Greensgrow to begin the sketching process. The design included veggies, flowers and farm animals, including “Milkshake” the pig. The group met weekly at the center to sketch and paint the murals on parachute cloth. In November 2016, the murals were installed on the Almond Street side of the senior center. The murals reflect the beauty of the garden and the creativity and cooperation of the younger and older members of the community.

The program will include the presentation of a citation from the Mayor’s Office of the City of Philadelphia and a visit by Congressman Dwight Evans. A reception will follow the mural dedication at Greensgrow Farms located at 2501 E. Cumberland Street.

Note: Since 1970, Saint Anne’s has been serving older adults living in Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Port Richmond and surrounding neighborhoods. The center is a program of Catholic Health Care Services and is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, demonstrating that the center has met the highest national standards. The center welcomes anyone 50 years or older and there is no charge to become a member. Seniors can start the day by coming to the center for their morning cup of coffee, socialize with friends and enjoy a lunchtime meal. Members stay active in body, mind, and spirit by participating in a variety of recreational activities, wellness programs, lifelong learning and volunteer opportunities. The center counselor provides help and support to members who may need emergency food, assistance with SNAP applications, arranging transportation and information about benefits and entitlements.

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