After two successful concerts celebrating local elders in 2016, SageArts is launching a new project called Carrying the Torch: Songs of Remarkable Women. We will be celebrating women in our community—women who have devoted their lives to empowering women, who have been advocating for women’s rights, and who have been blazing new trails for women. It’s the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, brought about by those brave suffragettes who fought for equal rights for all women. Our new project is especially important at a time when women’s rights are threatened.
Carrying the Torch will consist of both a concert and an intergenerational visual arts project where young women will engage in an exploration with women elders about their experiences, concerns, and dreams. The project consist of a series of workshops and will culminate in a set design for the Carrying the Torch concert, which will take place at Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz, October 21, 2017, at 6:30. The concert is sponsored by the Music Department.
In order to produce this project, we need your help and support!
We have initiated an ongoing exploratory project with the residents of the Governor Clinton Apartments, a HUD/Section 8 senior housing complex in Kingston. We are working with a group of elders in a Story and Songwriting circle that encourages a deeper dialogue among residents about their lives, and the opportunity to write a song together to share with the whole community. In the fall of 2015, five residents performed a collaborative song at the December Holiday Party. The group is facilitated by songwriter Elly Wininger.
We intend to build on this project to include RUPCO senior housing centers in Kingston and other subsidized senior housing developments. We are currently fundraising to work with a mix of diverse individuals and groups in these centers, and to produce a concert to share these songs with the entire Kingston community.
“I was deeply touched by the SageArts event on Sunday. Too often, elders are relegated to the background in today’s fast-paced world. We have so much to learn from their vast experience and stories. The confluence of music and elders’ stories is a perfect fit.”
– Brinton Baker