Accessible Arts and Culture
This is an exciting and innovative initiative, bringing world-class arts organizations, artists, and cultural leaders together with the Springpoint Senior Living Foundation. As a result, an expansive repertoire of arts and cultural disciplines are more readily available, accessible, and affordable for older adults. Funded in part by the Foundation, as well as individuals and corporate sponsors, this program engages leading arts and cultural partners to develop programs and services designed to overcome transportation issues, address venue accessibility, provide convenient or preferred seating, and improve the affordability of admission.
|Cultural Access Network||New Jersey Theatre Alliance||McCarter Theatre Access Program||Two River Theatre Access Programs|
Established in 2007, The Artist-in-Residence Program at Meadow Lakes is unique to the Foundation’s accessible arts and culture initiative. Each January, Opera New Jersey takes up residency and the stage at Meadow Lakes in preparation for their upcoming state-wide winter performances. Residents of Meadow Lakes and the surrounding East Windsor and Hightstown communities, including students from local schools, witness daily rehearsals and attend specially arranged programs. These programs provide an insider’s view of opera and include lectures, round-table discussions and costume presentations.
Theater- Driven to Excellence
The Springpoint Senior Living Foundation partners with McCarter Theatre to provide a multiple play experience better known as Driven to Excellence. This program provides an easy, comfortable way for seniors to see five world renowned performances at McCarter Theatre including transportation to and from the performance, early admission and preferred seating - all at a special ticket price!
The Foundation also sponsors McCarter Theatre’s Access programs, which is committed to making its performances and facilities accessible to all patrons. Programs include mobility access, assistive listening device, as well as open captioning, audio description, and sign language interpretation at specific performances.
Springpoint brings distinguished scholars, teachers, artists, and critics to the communities where older adults live for lectures, seminars, panel discussions and a variety of related interactions. Presentations such as “Famous First Ladies”, “Jazz throughout the Ages” and “US Presidents” as well as readings by famed play writer/director/producer Emily Mann and Actor/Author Jack Klugman provide seniors an opportunity to continue to celebrate and foster an appreciation of arts, culture, literature and history.
Since 2009 Springpoint Foundation has installed three permanent art galleries, one at Meadow Lakes, one at Monroe village, and one at Crestwood Manor with more in the works. Special consideration has been given to lighting and placement of the art making it easily viewed and enjoyed by seniors.
Each year Springpoint Foundation and Meadow Lakes host the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show. This show, held annually, hosts close to 250 pieces of work by seniors residing in New Jersey that have won first place in their county-level art show. The show is open to the public beginning in early October and concludes with an awards presentation at the end of the month.
Working together with our partner, Starr Tours, Springpoint Foundation created Encore Tours in 2011. Encore Tours are designed as an easily accessible, user-friendly, value-based tour program to world-class arts and cultural destinations that overcomes physical challenges people deal with as they age. Trips are all inclusive and often include special access or additional features and benefits.