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Elder Care Concert Series brings the joy of music to seniors

By ThisIsReno
SAF-Program-ElderSIERRA ARTS FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE – The Leonette Foundation of Northern Nevada has awarded $5000 to Sierra Arts Foundation in support of their Elder Care Concert Series, a program which places professional musicians in assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, memory care units and community based senior day care facilities. This program is offered free to the facilities and relies upon the generous support of organizations like The Leonette Foundation and Sierra Arts individual memberships.
The Elder Care Concert Series currently serves hundreds of seniors in ten facilities in the Reno area each month with a roster of over 30 local musicians. The population of elders in these types of facilities have little access to live music, as they do not always have the health and ability to attend concerts in public places. The Elder Care Concert Series began in 2002 as a project of Sierra Arts and Healing Healthcare Systems to ease some of the isolation experienced by the residents of these facilities and to present a forum for community among them.
“Sierra Arts wishes to express our gratitude to The Leonette Foundation for funding this important program,” says Stacey Spain, Sierra Arts Executive Director. “When seniors are listening to music they become more engaged, active, and joyful.”
For more information about Sierra Arts Foundation visit us on the web at sierra-arts.org or call 775-329-2787.
The Sierra Arts Foundation’s mission as a local arts agency is to be the region’s premier arts organization with an emphasis on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts in our community. Sierra Arts strives to provide education opportunities for artists of all ages, as well as development and training, financial support and promotional and marketing assistance. Sierra Arts creates and manages spaces and venues throughout our community for artists to perform and display their work.
 
The Leonette Foundation’s purpose is to encourage inventive solutions to problems in contemporary society focusing on children and seniors in Northern Nevada. Our mission is to have a positive impact by offering financial resources to organizations that combine creativity and compassion with dedicated effort.