We’re Hiring

Arts for the Aging is forging ahead with a newly revitalized strategic plan, new and emerging programming that addresses pandemic-resilience, and the start of an organization-wide learning series in cultural equity, justice, and anti-racism; all as we celebrate recent transitions to our staffing and programming. This past spring, we hired a new program director and administrative manager and brought on new interns. Now we are re-opening the search for a new, revamped staff position, inviting applications for a full-time Fundraising and Communications Coordinator. The job description and application instructions for the position are available via the link above. No phone inquiries or snail mail applications, please.

Over the last two years our artistic faculty and reach to community partners grew by 20%. 25 teaching artists — five who are new, introducing curricula in theatre, play-writing, poetry, and tango — regularly reached 1,376 older adults and caregivers in 50 community and residential care settings and cultural institutions in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Together with our celebrated music, dance, visual and literary arts programs, our workshops provide accessible and uplifting ways to meet the effects of changing abilities that come with aging.

Now, as we endure the impact of the covid-19 public health crisis, creative aging in virtual times is all the more inventive, improvisational, and … technical! We are incubating and training together with our teaching artists, re-learning what client communities and artistic faculty need during this ‘new now,’ and we are programming virtual workshops and trainings as well as heART Kits delivered at home to address the digital divide. Slowly, diligently, we are reconnecting with older adult and caregiver communities in Greater Washington DC that our teaching artists have come to know and creatively care for over 32 years.

With the challenge that most of our staff has changed at once during this unprecedented time of transformation has come the opportunity to engage fresh perspectives and approaches in our next steps. We look forward to new frontiers.


Invent, Improvise, Replenish

Short, promotional videos of online programs are available on our Vimeo page linked here 

Creative aging in virtual times is inventive, improvisational, replenishing, and … technical! It also remains grassroots. We are incubating and training together with our teaching artists. We are re-learning what client communities and artistic faculty need during this ‘new now’ of the public health crisis. We are launching new programs. Slowly, diligently, we are reconnecting with older adult and caregiver communities in Greater Washington DC that our teaching artists have come to know and creatively care for 32 years.

We also recognize the hardship for so many families, the creative economy, artists, performers, marginalized communities of older Americans and people of color hardest hard hit by the pandemic.

Major advances in restructuring operations and programming during this unparalleled time are the result of stellar work by a fantastic team of staff and interns, our dynamic board of trustees, and our teaching artists.

As we look toward the upcoming fall season, Arts for the Aging is also thinking of new ways to engage and reconnect with our greater community through artful virtual events.

This summer has been a learning experience for us all. We look forward to expanding our reach, community impact, and programs as the future evolves.

To read more about our most recent updates, visit https://conta.cc/3jNdPzP.


Meet Our New Team

 

Arts for the Aging is thrilled to welcome our new team: Program Director Sarah House, Administrative Manager Peggi McGovern, Communications Intern Mira Dwyer, and Research Intern Shreya Bhatia.

With a background working in museums and the creative aging space, Sarah is helping Arts for the Aging reimagine and implement new and existing programs. Especially during this time of pandemic, we are lucky to have Sarah navigating new terrain with us—and at a distance.

Peggi brings meeting planning from the scientific nonprofit sector to her role keeping our operations working well. As a volunteer for Arts for the Agingpreviously, Peggi hit the ground running with her internal knowledge of the organization and personal passion for our mission.

Mira is a sophomore at Tufts University studying psychology and entrepreneurship. With an interest in marketing and communications, this summer Mira will enhance Arts for the Aging’s website, social media, and newsletters, announcing updates and sharing stories during these unpredictable times.

Shreya is a recent graduate from Duke University with a degree in Neuroscience, the skills of a performing artist, and great interest in the intersection of arts and medicine.Shreya will help evaluate the effectiveness and health benefits of our celebrated creative aging programs over the coming year before plans for medical school.

Click here to learn more about our experienced and passionate team.

We also acknowledge our spring partnership in programming with Jeanine Cogan of Capacity Partners. Parlaying remote working and program redesign during a time when a new team is onboarding is no small feat.

We celebrate our richly talented faculty of teaching artists, board members, volunteers, staff, and community partners who make possible these heartwarming discoveries and transitions to new frontiers.


New Socially-Distanced Programs to Encourage Creative Aging in Quarantine

During 2020, our Year in Music, Arts for the Aging has been undergoing a transformation along with the region and the world. Our response to the need for programmatic and organizational change continues to evolve, as we uplift health and wellness in aging through regular participation in the multidisciplinary arts — despite physical and social distancing. We have been implementing various distanced programs to keep creative aging alive. Below we outline the programs we have tested out.

 

coOPERAtion

ROMEZ3arts debuted Arts for the Aging’s first pandemic-resilient program in an interactive opera workshop using Zoom. Singing actor Peter Joshua Burroughs and maestro Carlos Cesar Rodriguez on piano engaged caregivers and older adults with memory loss. They chose famous arias from opera librettos to which most can hum or sing along and masterfully sparked singing, call and response, role-playing, and tactile cognitive stimulation.

“[ROMEZ3arts was] always a favorite of my late husband, and though he passed 2 ½ weeks ago, it really was like being with him enjoying the performance (one of the activities he continued to enjoy the longest in his dementia journey).” –Elaine E.

 

Rhythms of Life

Teaching artists, percussionist Manny Arciniega and bassist Chris Brown, perform ‘Stay Cool,’ by trumpeter Victor Olaiya in a video to be premiered in Rockville-based JCA-Kensington Club’s online variety show. In the video the artists demo loops of bass, percussion, and body rhythms to encourage breathing, movement, and imagination.

 

heART Kits

Teaching artist Marci Wolf-Hubbardis assembling heART Kits for delivery with meals to isolated seniors affiliated with Vita Shady Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation in Maryland. The kits include art supplies to encourage creativity in seniors despite distancing.