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Allegheny West: Creative Program Helps Bridge Generation Gap

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The Senior Partnership Initiative is one of several community outreach programs run by the Center For Emerging Visual Artists. The program creates an environment for fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in the creative arts alongside senior residents at Newcourtland Life Senior Services

The program has several sources of funding, including The William Penn Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.

Each time the program is run, a professional artist is hired to run the creative workshop. The artist, seniors and students meet once a week for 10 weeks. With the help of the artists, each session culminates into one or several pieces of artwork. These pieces are kept by the Newcourtland Life Center and displayed in various locations throughout the building.

Gen Coutroubis, director of artist programs at the Center For Emerging Visual Artists, said there are

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