About Us

About Us

EngAGE [en-geyj]:
To draw into, involve, engross, hold the attention of, fascinate; to enter into and participate.

EngAGE is a nonprofit that takes a whole-person approach to community and creative, healthy aging by providing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to thousands of seniors living in affordable senior and multi-generational apartment communities in California, Oregon, and Minnesota.

Programs are provided onsite at each of our apartment communities, and are open to all residents there at no charge. This reduces the primary barriers to engagement – cost and transportation – and maximizes our impact. When space is available, residents in other EngAGE communities are invited to participate. In some of our communities, we also invite the public to attend special events such as art show openings and concerts.

Founded in 1999 as More Than Shelter for Seniors, we have worked continuously as leading experts in aging arts programming. In the last few years, we have adapted to include multigenerational ages in our model. Our aim is to change lives across generations by transforming affordable housing into centers of community, learning, and well-being.

Here are some pertinent facts about the predominant population we serve: low- and moderate-income seniors between the ages of 55 and 100+.

  • Average age: 77 years old
  • Gender: 68% female
  • Marital Status: primarily widows/widowers
  • Race: 15% African American, 10% Asian American, 35% Caucasian, 20% Latino/Hispanic, 20% Multicultural/Ethnic (Russian,
  • Eastern European, etc.)
  • Average income: $10,800 per year
  • Only 46% still own a car and fewer drive
  • Only 16% are still employed
  • Only 22% engaged in activity prior to EngAGE – 59% engage now

 

THE ARTS COLONIES IN CALIFORNIA

Burbank Senior Artists Colony

EngAGE catalyzed the development of and provides programs for The Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind 141-unit senior apartment community that offers art and creativity as the core physical and intellectual unifying amenity. The community features a theater group, independent film company, fine arts collective, music program, intergenerational arts program with the Burbank Unified School District, and the following amenities for artists in their second 50 years of creativity: 60-seat Theater, Arts Studios, Music Performance Spaces, Computer Media Arts Center, Outdoor Performance Areas, Art Gallery, and Sculpture Garden.

The NoHo Senior Arts Colony opened in late 2012 with all the amenities of the prototype, but with the addition of a state-of-the-art 70-seat theater and a resident professional theater company, The Road. In addition to many other programs, EngAGE organizes art shows of professional artists from Southern California in the spacious art gallery.

The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony– along with The Annex, opened in 2013, and has 200 affordable apartments, an Arts Studio with top flight kiln, Music Performance Spaces including a piano, Computer Media Arts Center, Outdoor Performance Areas, Gardens, Art Gallery, Media Lounge, and a black box theater with professional lighting and sound systems. The Colony already partners with a number of community arts and educational organizations.

THE FAMILY COLONIES

The Pacific Avenue Arts Colony

The Pacific Avenue Arts Colony, an arts-focused community for families, opened in 2015 and is located just outside of San Pedro’s thriving Downtown Arts District. A fully affordable, 49-unit apartment community, the Pacific Avenue Arts Colony features six ground floor live/work units, as well as professional-grade art studios and art gallery spaces. Residence in this new community was determined based upon submission of artistic works.

Glendale Arts Colony

Glendale Arts Colony, opened in 2016, is a modern, 70-unit affordable apartment community consisting of one, two, and three bedroom floor plans. This project is our second family arts colony, and features a modern architectural design that upholds the community’s fully arts-focused concept. The Glendale Colony houses three generations of artists – older professional artists, younger professional artists, and families with children involved in the arts. We developed the project with the Glendale YMCA on their land, creating a campus themed in arts and well-being for all ages. Residents of this community have the opportunity to enjoy professional-grade art studio and art gallery spaces, while participating in free, professional-level arts activities and classes on an ongoing basis. The project offers large community areas, including an art gallery, large community rooms, a sculpture garden, and an arts-related entry that connects the community with the Arts & Entertainment District to the West. The Glendale Arts Colony is constructed using sustainable green principles and built to LEED Silver standards certification.