Access to artistic, cultural, and fitness opportunities builds community among clients in our buildings, reduces social isolation, and promotes physical and emotional wellness.

As with all Lantern Community Services programs, our work in this area meets the distinctive needs of low-income families, people living with mental illness, children, and youth. Our families are enriched through field trips to New York City’s array of museums and other cultural and recreational venues. Our arts classes—led by expert instructors—incorporate therapeutic self-expression, stress reduction, and socialization skills into enjoyable activities like creative writing, digital photography, knitting, and visual art.

We promote active lifestyles in all of our buildings through yoga classes, African fusion dance, walking clubs, and other activities. In 2015, we launched full-scale Fitness Centers in two of our buildings, with more to come. Our Fitness Centers feature free weights, treadmills, stationary bicycles, and strength classes. Lantern’s onsite fitness programs give the residents in our buildings every opportunity to incorporate healthy activities into their daily routines.

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New MoMA exhibit displays Lantern artists’ works