Creative Aging programs at Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library is part of the Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, made up of over 20 library systems across the United States that offer multi-session art workshops for people 50 and over, which are taught by professional teaching artists. These programs usually last from eight-twelve sessions of at least 90 minutes each, and are followed by a celebration where participants showcase their work for family, friends and neighbors. BPL works with DOROT's University Without Walls program to offer remote access Creative Aging programs. 

Since 2011, Brooklyn Public Library has provided over 50 multi-session art workshops, taught by professional teaching-artists. 

View upcoming creative aging programs here.

Dekalb Library – English/Spanish

790 Bushwick Avenue, 11220;

Call to Register: 718.455.3898 – Tom Brogan

Title: Let’s Move The Hips {A Mover Las Caderas}; Dancing; Teaching Artist: Walter Perez,

Dates: Fridays, September 14th to November 2nd, 2018;

Culminating Event: Friday, November 9th, 2018; Time: 10:30 am

Kings Highway Library

2115 Ocean Avenue, 11229;

Call to Register: 718.375.3037 – Dennis Stewart

Title: Love to Write; Creative Writing; Teaching Artist: Susan Buttenwieser;

Dates: Wednesdays, October 3rd to November 21st;

Culminating Event: Wednesday, November 28, 2018; Time: 2:00 pm

Central Library – Russian Online/Teleconference for the Homebound

10 Grand Army Plaza, 11238/

Call DOROT to register: 877.819.9147;

Title: Storytelling Through Memories; Russian Storytelling; Teaching Artist: Irina Filitsyan; Online at 11:00 am; Teleconference at 1:00 pm; Dates: November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 2018

Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza, 11238, Dweck Lobby;

Call to Register: 718.230.2442 – Judith Vigo

Title: Tai-Chi for Beginners; Tai-Chi Exercises for beginners;

Teaching Artist: Kwok K. Choey; Dates: Thursdays, October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2018; Time: 1:00 pm

Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza, 11238, Second Floor Balcony Conference Room;

Call to Register: 718.230.2442 – Judith Vigo

Title: American Sign Language; Sign Language for beginners;

Teaching Artist: Nancy Simmons; Dates: Saturdays, October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2018; Time: 2:00 pm

Bay Ridge Library – English/Arabic

7223 Ridge Blvd., 11209

Call to Register: 718.748.5709 – Yvonne Zhou/Rita Meade

Title: Playing Arabic Music; Arabic Music; Teaching Artist: Zafer Tawil;

Dates: Wednesdays, October 17th to December 5th, 2018;

Culminating Event: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018; Time: 1:30pm

Crown Heights Library

560 New York Avenue, 11225

Call to Register: 718.773.1180 – Angelica Johnson

Title: Unique Keepsakes; Painting and jewelry making; Teaching Artist: Althea G. Feurich;

Dates: Fridays, October 19th to December 14th, 2018; No Session November 23rd, 2018

Culminating Event: Friday, December 21st, 2018; Time: 11:00 am

Kensington Library – English/Russian

4207 18th Avenue, 11218;

Call to Register: 718.436.0545 – William Lewnes

Title: Visual Arts Made Easy; Drawing and Watercolor with Leonid Filitsyan;

Dates: Tuesdays, October 9th to December 4th, 2018; Culminating Event: December 11th, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm;

No Session November 6th, 2018.

Fort Hamilton Library

9424 Fourth Avenue, 11209;

Call to Register: 718.748.6919 – Jay Filan

Title: Stories to Life!; Storytelling and theater with Billy Schultz;

Dates: Fridays, October 5th to November 30th, 2018; Culminating Event: December 7th, 2018 Time: 11:00 am; No Session November 23rd, 2018.


Services for Older Adults is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development.

Additional support for Creative Aging programs at BPL are made possible with support fromThe Sills Family Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Grainger Foundation, The Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, American Chai Trust, J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Poetry Foundation, Santa El-Dada Family, and several BPL Friends Group and Volunteers.

For more information about Creative Aging, please call Judith Vigo at 718.230.2442, or email:

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