Today’s senior housing offers a lot more than just puzzles and pinochle. Now, seniors who want to flex their creative muscles well into their golden years can take advantage of arts colonies cropping up across California – and hopefully soon across the country.
This summer, Meta Housing Corporation announced the completion of Long Beach Senior Arts Colony, an affordable housing, 200-unit, multifamily community for seniors ages 55 and older. Amenities at the arts colony include an art gallery, a 99-seat performance theatre, working art and dance studios, a digital media room, and a grand piano salon. Residents can also attend free on-site arts classes conducted by EngAGE, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming aging by turning senior living communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness, and creativity.
Long Beach Senior Arts Colony is the third senior arts colony developed by Meta Housing Corporation in the last decade – first came Burbank Senior Artists Colony in 2005, a 141-unit multifamily property and the country’s first housing community for creative seniors. Then came NoHo (North Hollywood) Senior Arts Colony in 2012, a 126-unit apartment community designed for seniors ages 62 and older.
“Drawing upon national research on how the arts can positively impact the health of older individuals, we have designed each of our arts-focused senior apartment communities to include spaces where residents can participate in free, professional-level arts activities on an ongoing basis,” says John Huskey, president of Meta Housing Corporation.
Whether you’re an actor, singer, writer, photographer, painter, poet, musician, or just someone who wants to be immersed in a creative environment, senior arts colonies offer an ideal setting to keep your senses sharp and your creative juices flowing.