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Friday, January 31, 2020
2:15 pm4:00 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Arts and Civil Rights in the Sixties

What makes up a civil society? What bonds hold it together?
How are ideas of citizenship and self expressed through art practice?

The Civil Rights Movement was not simply about desegregation and voting rights, but was based in a much broader social vision. It envisioned a world in which people were judged, in Martin Luther King’s immortal words by the “content of their character and not the color of their skin.” People, black and white, worked toward a world where everyone had equal access to housing, healthcare, economic opportunity, cultural freedom and human dignity.

During this time “Cultural production, regardless of ideological affiliation, became a way of creating new personal and communal identities and articulating new definitions of race, nation, equality, and social justice.” Cynthia A. Young

Artists, both black and white, responded to the American fight for civil rights during the 1960’s on the national stage set by desegregation and the civil rights movement that began in the 1950’s. In May 1954 -The Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education, rejecting the “separate but equal” doctrine and requiring public schools to integrate. Years later Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960. Norman Rockwell left his contract work doing covers for Saturday Evening Post, one he had held since 1916, when they refused to run his socially-conscious pictures beginning in 1963 with “The Problem We All Live With”, of Ruby Bridges with Federal Marshalls accompanying her.

A special presentation by Susan Landgraf,,

Friday, February 7, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Councilman Andrew Cohen at RSS

Councilman Andrew Cohen at RSS. Hear about the year's accomplishments and challenges and issues that impact seniors. Also covers what your councilperson does and how can he help you. Includes Q&A session.

Friday, February 7, 2020
2:00 pm3:30 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Writing for Actors

Writers: Want to learn how to write for actors?
Actors: Want to develop your own scripts?
This class is for you!

The next in a series of workshops led by Bruce McKenna, an award-winning scriptwriter. This class is designed for writers interested in exploring the techniques and methods for writing for actors, whether for film, TV, or the stage. It’s also aimed at actors interested in developing their own writing skills and/or material.

Bruce has written numerous TV shows. The movie from his original script “Salt Water Moose” won the Directors Guild of America award for best children’s program.

This is a free workshop for anyone 60+. You need to register for this workshop. You can fill out the form below, in the RSS office, or call 718.884.5900.

The workshop runs from 2-3:30 PM on these dates:
Friday, Feb. 7
Friday, Feb 21
Friday, March 6
Friday, March 20

Friday, February 7, 2020
2:45 pm4:00 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Romare Bearden: Memories of Childhood

Bearden commemorates a generous neighbor with green thumb. As a child Beardenspent summers with his grandparents in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the pleasant memoryof the city’s backyard gardens lingered on his mind. Although Bearden lived most of hislife in the northern United States, he said he never left Charlotte, except physically.In his seventh decade he called to mind the warm days of his youth and a woman downthe street who shared the produce of her garden with friends. He remembered hername—Maudell Sleet—and when he thought of her planting beds he could still smell the flowers and taste the blackberries.

Susan Landgraf is an artist, writer, and a professor for 30 years.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
4:45 pm7:00 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Online Dating for Women 55+

* How to pick sites
* How to create your profile
* How to avoid the "wrong match"
* First dates
* Avoiding scammers
* Learning to enjoy the journey!!

Led by Selina Ng and Mary Speciale - who found their perfect match online!

A Woman's Circle Event

Reserve Your Spot!
In RSS Office or Call 718.884.5900 or Online with the form below
Suggested $5 donation for light dinner after the event.

Friday, February 21, 2020
2:45 pm4:00 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Ave. Bronx NY 10463
The Great Migration: Jacob Lawrence's "The Migration Series"

Jacob Lawrence was just 23 years old when he painted the 60-panel Migration Series on cardboard in the 1930s during the Harlem Renaissance. He received money from a grant to focus on his art and he would go to the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library (now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) to do research and also recounted his parents’ journey from the south in his paintings of Negroes leaving the crumbling cotton economy in the early 1920s of the south but also entering the discrimination that was faced in search of new labor opportunities in NY, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia Detroit, and St. Louis. It was The Great Migration." (Tiffany Charbonier, AFROPUNK Contributor)

Susan Landgraf is an artist, writer, and a professor for 30 years.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:00 pm5:30 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Slavery in the Bronx

Dr. Adam Arenson will present findings from his recent classes on Slavery in the Bronx, investigating the unmarked burial grounds of enslaved people in Van Cortlandt Park and Hunts Point. He will discuss the mix of historical research, archaeology, geographic analysis, and genealogical research that has been used to find and document the history of slavery in the Bronx, and the ways in which our landscape is still marked by the era of slavery. He will also discuss how his class has found living descendants of those African and Native American people enslaved in the Bronx.

Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College and author of two award-winning books.

This is a free event. No tickets are needed.