stARTSomething residencies aren’t just in schools; they reach students at all ages and stages of life. For stARTSomething’s creative aging residencies, projects allow seniors to reconnect with the arts in a way many haven’t in decades. These projects provide an outlet for creative expression, increase socialization, and foster a sense of inclusion and pride, Justin says.
Artists with stARTSomething run the gamut from painters, sculptors, and poets to dancers and book-makers. And they’re all exceptional.
“The strength and richness of the programs really come down to the excellence of the artists,” Justin says.
Improving the community with art
The stARTSomething Arts in Education program is the third largest program of its kind in the state, working with children and adults in York, Adams, Fulton and Franklin Counties. In the past school year alone, it supported 42 residencies serving 7,200 students, teachers, and seniors.
Without the arts in education funding from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and local corporations providing Educational Improvement Tax Credit dollars, none of that would be possible.
“Funding is essential to the existence of these programs,” Justin says.
The reach of stARTSomething extends beyond those who participate.
“I think when we live in communities that are innovative and creative,” Justin says, “you see neighborhoods improve, you see businesses improve, and you see communities as a whole improve.”