May 21, 2017: 27th Annual AFTA Cup Team Tennis Tournament

Arts for the Aging hosts its annual team tennis tournament on Sunday, May 21. Come out to play at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center where DC’s preeminent tennis event, the Citi Open, is held, and to see local tennis celebrities and stellar Junior Tennis players from the JTCC in exhibition play.

Enjoy a casual and fun awards ceremony and party at the stadium on the same grounds immediately following the match. Proceeds from the tournament will bring AFTA's award-winning arts engagement workshops to older adults in the D.C. metro region who need it most. The mission of Arts for the Aging flips the paradigm of old age by using creativity to turn isolation, loneliness, and loss into community, access, and joy.

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Motivations and Innovations

The Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington invited our Director and CEO to share what inspires her work with Arts for the Aging.  You can read more about that here.  And, congratulations to CFP founder Barbara Harman for being named Washingtonian of the Year for 2016!

The Field, a multimedia collage made by participant in AFTA programs at Alexandria Adult Day Health Care Center

Website Debut of New AFTA Video

You're invited into the compelling world of Arts for the Aging, a place where AFTA's gifted and sensitive Teaching Artists facilitate all manner of arts programming for older adults, many of whom face memory and physical challenges, but whose lives are enriched by artistic self-expression and participation in the creative process.


This video was made possible through a generous grant from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and with support -- and gorgeous production -- from Castle Gate Media.


Announcing 28th AFTA Gala Reception and Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Awardee

Nancy Peery Marriott, 2016 Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Awardee

The 28th Annual AFTA Gala Benefit Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, also known as beloved Anderson House, in historic Dupont Circle (2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008). A V.I.P. reception will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the main event from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., including arts tributes and performances. The evening's highlight is presentation of the 2016 Lolo Sarnoff Founder’s Award to dazzling soprano soloist and generous philanthropist, Nancy Peery Marriott, whose artistic joie de vivre and commitment to making the world a better place are the hallmarks of an extraordinary life—one that has done so much for the arts and for those who are more vulnerable in metropolitan Washington, D.C. as well as across the nation. Previous awardees, recognized for sharing AFTA Founder Lolo Sarnoff's humanitarianism and philanthropy, and dedication to lifelong self-expression and engagement in the arts include United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, USAgainstAlzheimer's founders Trish and George Vradenburg, and author and Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired), among others.  Award information can be found here as well as links to a Gala fact sheet, and online admission and sponsorship information.