Justice-Involved Artists Teach Harlem Nursing Home Residents At How To ‘Paint & Sip’ Party

May 16, 2019

A community benefit partnership between The Fortune Society and The Allure Group will provide nursing home residents in Harlem with a new take on popular “paint & sip” parties.

The program pairs justice-involved individuals with seniors in an afternoon of free drawing lessons accompanied by delicious and nutritious smoothies.

Fortune’s program, called ARTrition, serves a dual benefit by providing Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) clients from The Fortune Society with a mechanism to give back to the community. It also provides residents at the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation with fun recreational activities designed to stimulate creativity and aid in their rehab – a hallmark of The Allure Group’s rehabilitation regimen.


“Paint …” Guy Woodard, an exquisite artist, and knowledgeable teacher – who served time in federal prison on forgery and counterfeiting charges – will lead a group of Fortune’s ATI art students who will provide Harlem Center residents with art instruction.“

& Sip …” Also on hand will be Fortune’s nutritionist who will provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the homemade smoothies that will be enjoyed during the art lesson.

By special request of the nursing home residents, the art lesson will focus on drawing portraits of President Barack Obama.


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The Fortune Society is one of the nation’s most respected nonprofit organizations serving and advocating for people with criminal justice involvement.

The Allure Group is a network of comprehensive skilled nursing facilities in New York City.

Monday, May 20th, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 30 West 138th Street, New York, NY 10037

Photo credit: fortune society.

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