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)
Our Latest Project—
“Carrying the Torch” and “Female Wisdom: An Intergenerational Exploration”
Join Us on Oct. 21—for a Celebration of Women!
After two successful concerts celebrating local elders in 2016, SageArts is launching two new projects: Carrying the Torch: Songs of Remarkable Women and Female Wisdom: An Intergenerational Exploration. We will be celebrating women in our community—women who have devoted their lives to empowering women, advocating for women’s rights, and blazing new trails for women. It’s the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State and our new projects are especially important at a time when women’s rights are threatened.
Carrying the Torch is a concert that will celebrate eight extraordinary women from the Hudson Valley in song and theater pieces. Female Wisdom: An Intergenerational Exploration brings together young and elder women in exploring their experiences, concerns, and dreams through a collaborative visual arts project. Both projects will culminate at the Carrying the Torch performance at Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz, October 21, 2017, at 6:30. The performance is sponsored by the Music Department and is supported by funding from Arts Mid-Hudson and the Klock Foundation. The intergenerational visual arts project is funded by The Maya Gold Foundation and Stewart’s Shops.
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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