Artful Living: Blog

“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 formally …Read More

A Guest from the East

June 7, 2018

AFTA Teaching Artist (TA) Anthony Hyatt invited guests from India to experience two AFTA workshops. One of the guests, Neelima Pandit, is a traditional Kathak dancer. In an interactive workshop with Quicksilver at Iona Senior Services, Neelima demonstrated Bharatnatyam dance.  The Quicksilver dancers borrowed from her movements and gestures in their own improvised dance. Later that week Neelima danced for participants at the Asian and …Read More

2017 Fall Events

December 22, 2017

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 …Read More

Annual Report in Brief

December 18, 2017

Arts for the Aging brings therapeutic, multidisciplinary, groups arts workshops to vulnerable older adults especially, in primarily underserved community and residential care settings in Greater Washington. We recently published this briefing with highlights of our annual program.