Follow-Up to "It's Never Too Late to Create:  the Vital Role of Arts as We Age"       

We've noted below just some of the many opportunities in Brookline for investigation, instruction or performance. "It's Not Too Late!"

Listed in Alphabetical Order

BrooklineAdult and Community Education

  • Partners with the schools and other community organizations to offer lifelong educational opportunities that bridge the generations
  • Offers a variety of formats – 6 or 8 sessions, intensive workshops, one time lectures; meets in schools, churches and community locations – including  the Senior Center
  • Courses include: dance, creative writing, music, acting, arts and crafts, and photography; scholarship assistance is available as well a 30% special discount for persons over 65
  • Registration can take place online, by phone, mail, or in the office

BrooklineHigh School, 115 Greenough Street, Room 100
BrooklineMA  02445      617-730-2700

Claudia Dell'Anno, Director


BrooklineArts Center

  • Serves all ages and levels of artistic experience
  • Afternoon as well as early evening classes and workshops
  • Seniors over 65 are eligible for a 5% discount; some partial scholarship assistance
  • Offers a one-time weekly water color class without charge at the Senior Center

86 Monmouth Street
BrooklineMA 02446

Katharina Chapuis, 617-566-5717,


The Brookline Ballet School  

  • Provides a chance for adults of all ages, those returning to ballet and those starting with little or no experience
  • Levels from beginner to experienced dancers keeping themselves in shape or getting ready for a day  of rehearsals
  • Students should plan to register for full session but some drop-in space may be available; prices vary depending on length of session; no special senior rates

1431 Beacon Street
Brookline, 02446


BrooklineMusic School

  • Provides vocal and instrumental lessons to people of all ages and all ability levels
  • Group classes and private instruction
  • 10% discount for those 60 years or older
  • Enrollment in private lessons open throughout the year 

25 Kennard Road
BrooklineMA 0244

Margaret Denton, Director of Education, 617-277-4593


BrooklineSenior Center

  • MonthlySenior News and Events shows services, programs, and courses which enable seniors to sample new areas such as dance or beading
  • Collaborates with Brookline Adult & Community Education and other organizations to offer courses during the day at the Senior Center
  • Senior Chorus meets weekly and does 6-8 community performances a year—no registration or auditions required; the Swing Band, a group whose members play together for their own enjoyment, meets every two weeks.  The contact person for both groups is Julie Washburn, LICSW, Program Manager, 617-730-2760.

93 Winchester Street
BrooklineMA 02446


BrooklineSymphony Orchestra

  • Composed of community players of all ages
  • Professional concertmaster and professional conductor.
  • Rehearses  weekly 
  • Participates in a variety of community events in addition to its regular schedule of three concerts per year


To request an audition, contact the personnel manager at  


Coolidge Corner Community Chorus

  • A non-auditioned group singing serious music; open to singers of all ages, musical training, and choral backgrounds
  • Several small community performances and one major concert each year
  • Meets from September to June on Wednesdays, 7:15-9:15pm
  • Those interested are urged to drop by at the start of rehearsals any Wednesday evening at Devotion School or to contact Crispin Weinberg
Crispin Weinberg, President  


Feet of Clay Pottery Collective

  • A cooperatively run pottery studio shared by a diverse group of ceramic artists and potters
  • Has classes and workshops for beginners and intermediate students of all ages
  • Offers affordable studio space rental
  • If sufficient interest, will offer a class for students over 65 in basic hand building techniques and basic wheel throwing; contact Frank Caro at or the Feet of Clay studio

21 Station Street
BrooklineMA 0244

Manager: Jenn, 617 731-3262 ,


Gateway Arts

  • Offers arts-based services for artistically talented adults of all ages with a range of disabilities, who have an interest in art and are able to work in a shared studio environment with other artists
  • Provides therapeutic supports to address the artists' psychiatric and medical well-being
  • Professional art gallery with bi-monthly exhibitions and a street level crafts store
  • Diversified funding base including a number of public agencies for those eligible for disability services and private pay 

62 Harvard Street
BrooklineVillage MA 02445

To apply or for more information:  contact Ted Lampe, Clinical Program Director

617-734-15777 x 10;


Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline

  • 100-voice auditioned chorus with professional Music Director
  • Performs a challenging and diverse repertoire
  • Formerly known as Brookline Chorus
  • Presents three traditional concerts per year; planning a number of free outreach events

P.O. Box1428
BrooklineMA 0244

While the annual auditions take place in September, you are invited to check on upcoming auditions or specific needs by emailing