We are a lucky group of older adults, ranging in age from sixty to ninety-two, who participate in an intergenerational arts program at our local senior center in Flushing, Queens, one of New York City's most culturally diverse communities. In our living history theater program, run by Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) and facilitated by ESTA teaching artist Marsha Gildin, we are joined weekly by fifth graders from PS 24, a public elementary school located around the corner. Some of our senior members joined just last year, while others have been involved for more than a decade. Our relationship with the children is very special and mutually nourishing. ESTA guides us in sessions based on sharing stories from life experience and in transforming memories into art. We explore our ideas through theater exercises and devise an original piece rooted in what we have learned from one another. Rehearsals are an ensemble learning process. With forty-five people on stage during our performances at the senior center and school, the performance experience is always challenging, surprising, and well received. We connect strongly with the children during the program year, and our goodbyes are tinged with sadness, for we have grown close in our shared art making. This year our theme focused on the power of music in our lives.

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