Board members and volunteers with Arts for the Aging hosted artful parties and salons in their homes with new and longtime friends of AFTA, and special guests too, this past fall. We shared the spirit of our mission through conversation, video, and short demos in music-making, storytelling, and visual art and movement — sparking the joy and imagination that uplifts our souls and our health, and raising support to help make Arts for the Aging

Donor giving for these events was generously matched by Don and Nancy Bliss, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and Don Wright and Lezley McIlveen.

Dinner Salon and Art Talk, featuring His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland, Phillips Collection Director and CEO Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, AFTA teaching artists Nancy Havlik and Donna McKee, and hosted by AFTA trustee Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.) and Mrs. Nancy Bliss. Photos by Stephanie Williams Images here.

Ambassador Martin Dahinden and Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)

AFTA Hours Storytelling Salon, with teaching artists Annetta Dexter Sawyer, Anthony Hyatt, Candace Wolf and artist and DJ Adrian Loving. Hosted at the Capitol Hill home of Anabeth Guthrie and Tim Chapin. Special thanks to the Host Committee: AFTA trustee Kevin Bryan, Laura and Mark DeVito, Peter Ford, Anabeth Guthrie, Carolyn Laurenzano, Rosie MacInnes, Andre Javier-Barry. Photos by Roman Boroday here.

Host committee members Andre Javier-Barry and Laura DeVito

Blues, Bourbon and Barbeque, hosted at the lake-house home of AFTA Trustee Don Wright and Lezley McIlveen, with teaching artists Wall Matthews and Miles Spicer. Photos here.

Guests get ready for some percussive music-making with Teaching Artist Wall Matthews