Kit Clark Senior Services

Lily Sings Madame Butterfly by Ann MillerKit Clark Senior Services has helped older adults in Greater Boston live with dignity and independence in the community since 1974. Located in Dorchester and serving a very diverse population by offering programming in five languages, this center often serves as a home away from home for seniors.

About 100 seniors visit the center every day for a meal, to socialize, for counseling, to exercise, or to attend a class. Kit Clark Senior Services received its first placement of 20 artworks through The Art Connection in January 2011 following some renovations. In April 2014, a group of staff and clients gathered to select additional artworks to add to Kit Clark Senior Services’ collection, choosing a diverse array of 26 artworks including photography, mixed media, collage, monotype, copper sculpture, and multi-flashed glass.

Candle Lamps in Turkish Market by Henry OldsThe agency’s namesake is Catherine “Kit” Forbes Clark, a Dorchester community activist. Kit Clark’s daughter, Betty Shorr, was present for both rounds of artwork selection and says a big “thank you to all the artists who donated their exquisite art that the seniors can enjoy and be inspired by.”

Gold Again by Faith HydeOur second placement last spring was timed to follow additional renovations to the facility. The renovations created additional programming space for the clients to enjoy self-directed and planned activities as well as a specific area of the building for Vietnamese programming.
Snowbirds by Karen A.V.O“Once again, Kit Clark Senior Services has benefited from the generosity of so many talented local artists,” Vice President Leanne Bragdon said. “The older adults relished the opportunity to be a part of the art selection committee. The only difficult part of the whole process is narrowing down the selections. Our space is now more beautiful, inspiring, and inviting.”

Donated art now hangs in the senior center, the clinician and mental health meeting rooms, the client lounge, nurse’s office, reception area, living rooms, conference room, doctors’ exam and waiting rooms, and in the Vietnamese Adult Day Health Center. The abundance of original art will help Kit Clark Senior Services fulfill its mission to promote healthy aging.

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