Hartman flew in from New York earlier this week and spent the day filming at Judson Manor and CIM, interviewing the students and a number of residents about how both generations have learned from each other and forged incredible friendships.
The story will air during the following CBS News programs:
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
Friday, October 10, 6:30—7:00 p.m.
CBS News Sunday Morning
Sunday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.
Most of the 120 residents at Judson Manor chose the community because they wanted active, independent living in Cleveland’s cultural epicenter, University Circle. And with many music lovers among its residents, Judson’s arts and cultural programs are an important amenity. A long-standing relationship with nearby Cleveland Institute of Music regularly brought CIM students to perform for Judson residents. Little did anyone know that a music-focused relationship could be transformed into a residential partnership.
The Artist-in-Residence program began in 2010 with Judson officials approaching CIM to offer two one-bedroom furnished apartments for student living at no charge. In exchange, the student residents would perform monthly concerts at all three Judson communities in Northeast Ohio and assist with other musical activities. The program is for students with financial need. The application process includes an essay, approval by CIM and an interview with a group of Judson residents, who primarily look for a good personality fit and being at ease with older adults.
The program was an instant success and has continued to flourish beyond anyone’s expectations through three sets of student residents. More than a convenient living arrangement, the students and residents have built meaningful friendships that overcome generational gaps. While students have shared their musical talents, residents have shared art lessons, cooking tips, career advice, and even relationship advice – two of the young women got engaged while living at Judson.
“They have put joy into our lives,” says Manor resident Clara Catliota. “It is the best thing that has happened to us.” Two newer residents even said the program was one of the reasons they chose to move to Judson Manor.
As for the students: “It is a wonderful deal for us,” says violist Caitlin Lynch, who was one of the first two in the program. “The people here honestly and truly became my family. The residents are incredible.”
The students say their music and performing ability have benefited. It can be difficult to get a practice room at CIM, but at Judson they always have access to practice space and an appreciative, attentive audience – not to mention a well-tuned Steinway grand piano and a recently restored 1902 Bechstein piano.
The students are all premier musicians. For example, violinist Molly Werts reluctantly left Judson ahead of schedule earlier this year to accept a full-time position with the Rochester Philharmonic. Fortunately, she still has a place to stay when she periodically returns to CIM to complete her master’s degree.
“Living there was a total blast,” says Werts. “What appealed to me at the start was the chance to perform. We were eager to play as often as we could – from full recitals to casual impromptu performances.”
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