The Himan Brown Senior Program offers a wide range of classes that cater to the many creative pursuits of our members, including: painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry and memoir writing, acting, choral and cabaret singing, chamber music and piano lessons.
Our arts faculty are professional, practicing artists who strive to inspire and motivate our members. Here is what a few of them had to say about teaching at the Himan Brown Senior Program.
“Working with the senior members is a very rewarding experience for me. Although working with young people has its own rewards, the particular reactions and feedback I get from these mature students gives me a strong sense that I am giving them a very special gift and am truly connecting with their hearts and souls.”
— Arielle Levioff, Music teacher
"The seniors in the Drama class are bold, inventive, even combative. This is great. The class challenges me, and I try to challenge them. The students have moved past the idea of shyness, self-consciousness, and this means we can get to some really creative, adventurous stuff."
— Scott Klavan, Drama teacher
"I’ve been teaching the Himan Brown Senior Center poetry class, first as a substitute and then as the full time teacher, since 2005. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of watching our poets grow in their art. These poets are writing from the vantage point of having lived full lives. Consequently, their poems are wise, whimsical, profound, and often funny. We laugh together, and we are held spellbound by the beauty and art of the poems. I leave class every week inspired by these writers. Their poems encompass every subject you can imagine. Though many write about aging as a part of life in general and in particular, the spirit around the table is one of a buoyancy that defies age. I think this is because when you are making art in a community of artists who appreciate your work, age falls away and there is only the joy of life and art and community. I find this class moving and enlightening and a lot of fun.”
— Frances Richey, poetry writing teacher
“A journey in creativity with a great group of beginner to advanced artists. A friendly learning environment with plenty of mutual encouragement. Teaching this group of talented artists is a joy and has made me a better artist myself!”
— Jim Minet, Art teacher
Illuminations 2016 - An Anthology of Works by the Writers of 92nd Street Y Himan Brown Senior Program
92Y's Himan Brown Senior Program has published an anthology of the writing program’s poems, memoir and essays for the past twenty-six years. Our poets and writers offer this anthology in the same tradition of fine writing, community and championing each other’s work.
92Y Cooks - Himan Brown Senior Program Cookbook
92Y Cooks is a timeless collection of treasured recipes from Himan Brown Senior Program members and 92Y staff.