After working side by side with an artist for one year to create beautiful tiles, members of the JASA Senior Alliance and SPARC’s Tile Program experienced feelings of satisfaction as their tiles, which were used to create murals on the wall of the Scheuer House of Manhattan Beach, were unveiled on Monday, July 16.

The unveiling of over 100 tiles on the “wall of joy,” took place in the courtyard of the Scheuer House, located at 161 Corbin Place. Over 50 people were present at the event. Several elected officials, including State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and Senator David Storobin, attended this unveiling.

In producing these tiles, JASA, an organization dedicated to nourish and enhance the lives of the elderly in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island, partnered with “Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide,” (SPARC). SPARC is an art engagement program that places artists in senior centers across the New York Metropolitan area. It was created by the Office of the Mayor in 2009 as part of the “Mayor’s Age-Friendly Initiative,” and is partially funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The artist provided to work with the seniors of JASA was Jennifer Wade. Wade worked with the seniors once a week for a year to create and paint the tiles for the mural. Once the tiles were completed, they were put together in Scheuer House’s garden, and displayed on Monday.

“With the little money from the program, everyone benefited,” said Stavitsky. “The seniors enjoyed making the tiles and seeing their work, and the building got a nice wall in its courtyard.”

Check out these photos from the unveiling, taken by Sheepshead Bites photographer Joe Comperiati. They really show how much joy this day brought to the senior participants.

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  • Joe Comperiati

    Having been to the event I can speak to how this wonderful multi-generational art experience touched the lives of many. It also leaves a lasting legacy for all those involved  since  the tiles will remain as a part of the courtyard to be seen, reflected upon, and enjoyed anew. The monies for this program were well spent and the participants are likely to remember it for a long time to come.