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

Annual Report in Brief

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.

Fall Program E-Newsletter

Our Fall Program e-news is published.  You can read it here.

We'd also like to share some additional photos from our Teaching Artist Institute workshop on November 16.

AFTA Teaching Artists and senior center partners for an evening of good food, art-making and conversation.  Thank you to Dr. Judy Rollins for leading our art activity and discussion.

Judy Rollins provides instruction
Working on our tiny masterpieces
Swirling paint into shaving cream!
Sharon Johnson and AFTA Teaching Artist Annetta Dexter Sawyer compare their purple prints.
AFTA Teaching Artist Candace Wolf shows her print to the group.
AFTA Teaching Artist in Training Deborah Riley poses with her matching print.

September Sparks

Even in the most prosaic and impulsive ways that we may dance or sing, write, paint or act, it is self-expression that brings to light our most extraordinary selves. Arts for the Aging will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year--three decades combating isolation and spreading joy and better health to older adults, especially those living with aging-related health impairments. In welcoming autumn, we share with you this most recent newsletter and moments from a sparkling year to date. This fall, AFTA board members will host artful parties and salons featuring special guests, and to support our good works. To AFTA Gala-goers and newcomers alike, stay tuned. We are readying to launch anniversary and Gala celebrations next year. Partnerships are developing with the Embassy of Switzerland, and The Phillips Collection with its forthcoming Paul Klee exhibition in early 2018. Thank you, as ever, for your care, friendship and support of AFTA.  

Music-making for stress relief, Rockville Senior Center, for Age-Friendly Montgomery County's 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day