Art series for Elant residents, community members to be launched early next year
GOSHEN, N.Y. (Dec. 21, 2011) – Elant, the Hudson Valley’s premier provider of senior health care and housing solutions, announced today the creation of the Jeffrey A. Weiss Memorial Art Series, a program that will provide free art classes and exhibits to residents of Elant at Goshen, as well as to the senior community in early 2012.
The series was made possible through a bequest from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Weiss. The couple established the fund in memory of their son, Jeffrey, who had a passion for the arts. Participants will have instruction in numerous art forms including painting, sculpture, writing workshops, dance, theatre, poetry, music and more. In addition to twice-monthly formal instruction by local artists who will come to Elant, the series has plans to include monthly art exhibits, performances and presentations which will coincide with the month’s featured art medium. An art show of participants’ work is planned for September.
“The Weiss’ bequest allows Elant to enhance the quality of life for its residents, as well as perpetuate Jeffrey’s name in a most meaningful way,” said Melissa McCoy, Elant’s Director of Corporate Initiatives. “The Jeffrey A. Weiss Memorial Art Series is a perfect example of just how beneficial planned giving can be for a not-for-profit. We are so grateful to the Weiss’ for their thoughtful planning for Elant residents. It is our honor to facilitate the program in their son’s name.”
The Elant Foundation chose to collaborate with Dawn Ansbro, Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council and Shawn Dell Joyce, head of Wallkill River School, to enable diverse resources and network exposure for artists. Additionally, an impressive committee of community members interested in the arts, Elant and their communities has volunteered to evaluate artists and plan the year’s program. “The series enables the public and the art community to become engaged in the Elant community,” said McCoy.
For more information regarding the Jeffrey A. Memorial Arts Series, contact 845-360-1261. For additional information on the Elant Foundation’s planned giving program, e-mail ElantFoundation@elant.org.