Vote for AFTA: Named Finalist for Major Award

Arts for the Aging is honored to be named a finalist in the 2019 #RenewalAwards from @TheAtlantic and @Allstate. We are among just 15 nonprofits across the country being recognized for driving positive change through social innovation around America’s most pressing problems. Five winners, to be announced at a national symposium and ceremony in spring 2019, will each receive $20,000 in funding from Allstate. Please vote for us, between now and March 1, at https://therenewalawards.theatlantic.com/ and help us spread the word!


#GivingTuesday feature in The Washington Post

We are delighted to be included in The Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak's piece about #GivingTuesday. Join the AFTA cause by making a gift today! It will support our skilled and trained professional teaching artists who uplift the lives and improve the health of older adults living with physical and cognitive health vulnerabilities. Our celebrated artistic faculty lead therapeutic and multidisciplinary arts engagement programs in 31 community and residential care settings in Greater Washington, this year impacting 1,000+ seniors in the region with weekly and bi-weekly activations. Help us ensure underserved senior communities have continued access to the transformative power of regular arts participation. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for up to $15,000!


Creative Aging Exhibition at The Phillips Collection

We marked another 30th anniversary milestone in 2018 with the mounting of a Creative Aging exhibition at the stunning Phillips Collection museum in Washington D.C. Works in the show highlight community partnerships that celebrate art and wellness. Art featured made by AFTA participants center around themes explored in the Phillips' 10 Americans: After Paul Klee show which we visited with older adult participants in our programs earlier this year. Visit the exhibition through December 31 by contacting Donna Jonte at djonte@phillipscollection.org. View photos from opening night here.


30th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating Pioneering Creative Aging

On October 15 AFTA celebrated its pearl anniversary with a gala and awards dinner at Top of the Hay, the crown atop the historic Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, DC, featuring a special program showcasing AFTA’s gifted professional artists. It was a beautiful evening recognizing luminaries in philanthropy, humanitarianism and thought leadership in health, aging and the arts. 30th Anniversary Gala Awardees were Teresa Heinz, Chair Emeritus of The Heinz Family Philanthropies who was recognized with the Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Award for Humanitarianism and Philanthropy; and Dr.  Jehan El-Bayoumi, Professor of Medicine, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates and Founding Director of the Rodham Institute of GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. View the Gala program here. View photographs from the evening here