Rosendale, NY—On Sunday, July 17, 2016, more than 180 people joined over 25 musicians and volunteers to fill the Woodstock Music Lab for a highly spirited concert celebrating in song the lives of Woodstock Elders.Learn More
The stories of our Elders are precious jewels,
refined by the trials and tribulations of life.
They are the nourishment that will hold us together and connect us to the value of life.
Welcome to SageArts
Elders are too often devalued and marginalized in our society. Our mission is to bring them into the forefront of our communities and give them a voice in a creative, artistic way. We do this by pairing elders with local artists who listen to their stories and collaborate with them on an original song that defines and distills their life experiences. The songs are then performed at concerts, enabling elders and the wider community to share in an intergenerational celebration of moving art, which is nourishing for the whole community. SageArts inspires and invigorates our elders, who are no longer viewed through the lens of their physical limitations and needs, reminding the community of the incredible value they have.
“In all the years I have been attending performances and gatherings of people, I have never experienced the spontaneous joy of shared feelings, the participation in song and dance by all age groups, and the loving acceptance of each other, as happened at the SageArts concert in Stone Ridge.”
– Rosalind Mae Stark (Elder)
Sage Arts—“Carrying the Torch” Concert Celebrates
Outstanding Women in an Inspirational Evening of Music, Theater, and Art
Oct. 21, 2017—An enthusiastic crowd of 300 people packed the Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz as SageArts celebrated eight accomplished women activists from the Hudson Valley in its latest concert. The women celebrated in song and theater pieces have devoted their lives to empowering women, advocating for women’s rights, and blazing new trails for women.
“Carrying the Torch: Songs and Tales of Remarkable Women” featured six original songs co-written by honorees Karen Peters, Connie Hogarth, Manna Jo Greene, Joanne Steele, Janet Mills, and Darlene Pfeiffer and performed by professional songwriters. Two monologues were written and delivered by honorees Barbara Sarah and Ruth Faircloth.
The evening also featured the unveiling of “Female Wisdom: An Intergenerational Art Exploration,” an art project that served as visual backdrop to the concert, produced as a collaboration between four senior women and four young women as they explored their experiences, concerns, and dreams.
SageArts Concert Director Julie Last directed six songs performed by songwriters Elizabeth Clark, Kelleigh McKenzie, Bonnie Meadow, Vickie Russell, Sarah Perrotta, and Elly Wininger. Theater Artist Joanna Rotté directed the two theater pieces.
“Carrying the Torch” was sponsored by the SUNY New Paltz Music Department and was supported by funding from Arts Mid-Hudson and the Klock Foundation. The intergenerational visual arts project was funded by The Maya Gold Foundation and Stewart’s Shops.
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To watch a video of the concert, click here.
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, 325 people joined 40 more musicians, choir members, and volunteers for a concert celebrating in song the lives of elder farmers.Learn More
We have initiated a project with the residents of the Governor Clinton House, a subsidized senior housing complex in Kingston…Learn More