The Department of Education has a long history of working with an array of audiences in its mission to make the collection accessible to people of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages. Over the years we’ve come to recognize what a major part of the Museum audience senior citizens are—which makes sense since, according to statistics from the American Association of Retired Persons, individuals age 65 and over constitute one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. In an effort to meet the needs and interests of this population, we’ve developed a roster of programming, including an offsite lecture series at senior centers in all five boroughs, gallery programs for groups from senior centers and assisted living facilities, and teleconference courses for homebound individuals, which are organized in collaboration with outside community-based organizations.
Programming is just one part of picture, though—we also try to think of ways to engage older adults in the day-to-day happenings of the Museum, and to encourage multiple visits to our galleries. So we’re thrilled to once again partner with MetLife Foundation to offer free admission for all visitors age 65 and over on MetLife Day, Sunday, May 15. Visitors can explore the Museum’s collection, relax in the Sculpture Garden, join an interactive gallery talk, or listen to a MoMA Audio program. The last MetLife Day attracted visitors from around the globe. Over 550 older adults visited the Museum; some came on their own, while others were joined by family and friends. All in all we saw a lot of new faces, and we hope to see even more this time around! We think MetLife Day also offers the perfect opportunity for a multigenerational family visit—remember, MoMA admission for children 16 and under is always free!
Our collaboration with MetLife has also enabled us to develop The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project, the national and international expansion of the Museum’s outreach programs for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as their caregivers—read more about this amazing program and others here.
Hope to see you in the galleries on the 15th!