Artful Living: Blog

#GivingTuesday feature in The Washington Post

November 27, 2018

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 …Read More

Creative Aging Exhibition at The Phillips Collection

October 25, 2018

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 …Read More

30th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating Pioneering Creative Aging

October 16, 2018

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 …Read More

“The Rhythms of Life:” Integrating Percussion with Movement

July 2, 2018

  Iona Senior Services welcomed AFTA teaching artists-in-training Chris Brown and Manny Arciniega to lead a program called, “The Rhythms of Life,” which features musical technology and themes new to AFTA programming. Chris and Manny began the program by playing for Iona’s older adults as they walked into the room to join; Chris strummed a melody on the bass while Manny accompanied on percussion. To …Read More