2017 Fall Events

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

In Loving Memory of Asher Hyatt

Asher Hyatt was a friend to AFTA and is the father of AFTA teaching artist Anthony Hyatt. He passed away on August 27 and a beautiful memorial service was held on Saturday, September 2nd to honor his extraordinary life.  He will be greatly missed. 

Asher Hyatt with Jennie Smith-Peers (Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging), Embassy of Slovakia, June 2016

27th Annual AFTA Cup Team Tennis Tournament

Our tournament this past May took place at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, home to the Citi Open tournament and members of Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Players enjoyed friendly competition, fantastic exhibition play, and on the stadium's center court with local tennis celebrities and junior tennis players from JTCC. A fun and scrumptious awards party buffet in the hospitality suites followed and we were joined by NBC News 4 Anchor Jim Handly. Much gratitude to AFTA Trustee and event chair Don Wright, and to these top sponsors of the AFTA Cup: Gold - LafargeHolcim; Silver - SunTrust Bank; Ace - ADS Corporation, Creig Northrop Long & Foster, Fidelity Engineering, Gingles LLC, KONTERRA/Gould, Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Proceeds support AFTA's award-winning participatory arts workshops for older adults living with health impairments - using creativity to turn isolation, loneliness, and loss into community, access, and joy.  Click here for event photos.

From top: Tennis committee member Rob Arner, AFTA Trustee Joan Ronnenberg; NBC 4's Jim Handly with tournament finalists and exhibition players.

Stephanie Williams Images


OCTOBER 19, 2016: AFTA Gala Reception, Giving Voice to Lifelong Creativity

Gala Chairs Ambassador Don Bliss (Ret.) and Nancy Bliss with AFTA Board Chair Ryan Wilson (center)

Nancy Peery Marriott, with Dick Marriott, Sandra Marriott Bertha, Alice Hales, and Julie Marriott

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Kim Taylor, Therapeutic Recreation Manager, Alexandria Adult Day Services, AFTA Participant Karla Kombrink (with her artwork), Brandi Rose, AFTA Program Director

AFTA’s 28th Annual Gala Reception, Giving Voice to Lifelong Creativity, was held in Washington D.C. at The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, also known as Anderson House. Nancy Peery Marriott was honored with the 8th Lolo Sarnoff Founder’s Award, celebrating her humanitarianism, philanthropy and lifelong engagement in the arts. Gracious chairs of this year’s gala were Nancy Bliss and Ambassador Don Bliss (Ret.), longtime supporters and active participants in AFTA.  Dominic Cossa, professor of voice at the University of Maryland who has sung as leading baritone with some of the world’s greatest opera companies, presented the award.

A reception for Sponsors featured a tribute performance to Mrs. Marriott of Art Song to Zarzuela by the Rómez Trio. The main reception hosted the award presentation, a touching interactive performance of lyrics set to melody from the opera, La Traviata, written by AFTA program participants from Kensington Park Senior Living, and moving remarks from program participant Karla Kombrink, whose original works of art were part of an exhibition from AFTA programs on display.

Proceeds from the Gala will help AFTA provide frequent, high-quality, artist-led workshops at dozens of adult day care centers, nursing homes, assisted living, community centers and senior housing centers in the Washington metropolitan area. AFTA flips the paradigm of old age by using creativity to turn isolation, loneliness, and loss into community, access, and joy.

A link to photographs from the Gala is available here and the full program from the evening is available here.