Come join us for our annual Senior Thursday event celebrating Older Americans Month with BRIO award winning artist Michele Brody. The Bronx CommuniTea will include an herbal tea pairing workshop withherbalist Ursula Basch and Jo Ani Johnson of A Gift of Tea to pair with a healthy dish by Chef Kareem, an exhibtion tour and a culminating performance to celebrate the hopeful recovery for Puerto Rico with the Bronx’s own Dr. Drum and BombaYo.
Tea of the day: Iced Eve’s Temptation (Apple, Hibiscus, Mango, Rose Hips)
There will be three local events for the CommuniTeas prior to the culminating event at the Bronx Museum.
Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:30 pm
The afternoon will include an introductory video presentation about Reflections in Tea with a meal inspired by the Italian heritage of Arthur Avenue and a dance performance by Simone Coonrod based on previous poetry written by past participants. Followed by a creative writing session and group poetry presentation with poet Gary Glazner. And lastly for dessert at 3:00 students from the Museum’s after school CASA program will join us for a joint writing and rap session. Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is located next door to the Museum at 1072 Grand Concourse.
PSS - Parkside Senior Center: 644 Adee Ave, Bronx, NY 10467
Friday, May 18, 2018, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
As part of the SU-CASA grant program, this event with movement artist Simone Coonrod of Swinging with Simone, will coincide with the Center’s birthday celebrations. The day will include an exhibition of tea cups painted by seniors, and a mural of portraits that will serve as a backdrop for a series of dances.
Tea of the day: Mandela Masala Chai (Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Honeybush, Rooibos)
RAIN Boston Road Senior Center: 2424 Boston Rd, Bronx, NY 10467
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Join us for an introductory video presentation of Reflections in Tea with a meal inspired by the Jewish cultural history of the Morris Park neighborhood, followed by a dance performance choreographed by movement artist Simone Coonrod and a group of seniors from the Parkside Senior Center.
Tea of the day: Monk’s Mead (Apple, Chamomile, Hibiscus, Mango, Rose Hips)
The Bronx CommuniTea is a social "happening" that focuses on building community relationships and bridging cultural boundaries through the contemplative art of sharing tea. Working with the magic elixir of tea, Michele Brody is entering her fourth year of bringing poets, story tellers, dancers, musicians, chefs and visual artists together to partake in a tea pairing with healthy meals as a platform for sharing diverse personal stories to inspire collaborative arts-based activities.
Throughout the month of May, Michele Brody has scheduled a series of CommuniTeas at three Senior Centers in the Bronx culminating in a fourth and final collaborative presentation at The Bronx Museum. During each CommuniTea, participants are welcomed with a ritual offering of loose-leaf tea. The teas are paired with a meal inspired by the diverse cultural make up of The Bronx with an emphasis on healthy, vegetarian food preparation and presentation. During each tea pairing, participants are guided to write about the tastes and smells they encounter on note papers made from the dried, stained tea filters used to brew the tea. The filters are then added to Brody’s artwork “Reflections in Tea,” an evolving set of paper quilts.
During four Bronx CommuniTea events in May of 2018, Michele Brody will continue her collaboration with tea consultant Jo-Ani Johnson and chef Kareem Gonsalves to develop a unique pairing of organic SerendipiTea teas with exciting healthy dishes inspired by the extraordinary cultural mix of Bronx communities.