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


Save the Date: 30th Anniversary AFTA Gala

Arts for the Aging will celebrate its 30th anniversary year with a fall gala and awards dinner you will not want to miss. The celebration will take place on October 15, 2018 at the Top-of-the-Hay, the crown atop the historic and prestigious Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C. 

The gala will recognize visionaries in philanthropy, humanitarianism, and thought leadership in health, aging and the arts: Mrs. Teresa Heinz will accept AFTA’s 2018 Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Award for Philanthropy; and Dr. Jehan (Gigi) El-Bayoumi will accept the award in the category of Thought Leadership. As an activist and generous philanthropist, Mrs. Heinz has done so much for the arts, human health and aging, and environmental, cultural and societal enrichment in Greater Washington as well as across the nation. We salute Dr. El-Bayoumi for her advocacy and integration of the arts for health equity, her mentoring and support of professional artists, and her care for Arts for the Aging.

If you would like to receive an invitation to the Gala, or you are interested in event sponsorship, or joining the Host Committee for the event, please contact events@AFTAarts.org, Attn: Stephanie Heishman, event manager.


May 21, 2017: 27th Annual AFTA Cup Team Tennis Tournament

Arts for the Aging hosts its annual team tennis tournament on Sunday, May 21. Come out to play at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center where DC’s preeminent tennis event, the Citi Open, is held, and to see local tennis celebrities and stellar Junior Tennis players from the JTCC in exhibition play.

Enjoy a casual and fun awards ceremony and party at the stadium on the same grounds immediately following the match. Proceeds from the tournament will bring AFTA's award-winning arts engagement workshops to older adults in the D.C. metro region who need it most. The mission of Arts for the Aging flips the paradigm of old age by using creativity to turn isolation, loneliness, and loss into community, access, and joy.

Visit https://artsfortheagingtennis2017.eventbrite.com for event details, registration and donation information.


Announcing 28th AFTA Gala Reception and Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Awardee

Nancy Peery Marriott, 2016 Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Awardee

The 28th Annual AFTA Gala Benefit Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, also known as beloved Anderson House, in historic Dupont Circle (2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008). A V.I.P. reception will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the main event from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., including arts tributes and performances. The evening's highlight is presentation of the 2016 Lolo Sarnoff Founder’s Award to dazzling soprano soloist and generous philanthropist, Nancy Peery Marriott, whose artistic joie de vivre and commitment to making the world a better place are the hallmarks of an extraordinary life—one that has done so much for the arts and for those who are more vulnerable in metropolitan Washington, D.C. as well as across the nation. Previous awardees, recognized for sharing AFTA Founder Lolo Sarnoff's humanitarianism and philanthropy, and dedication to lifelong self-expression and engagement in the arts include United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, USAgainstAlzheimer's founders Trish and George Vradenburg, and author and Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired), among others.  Award information can be found here as well as links to a Gala fact sheet, and online admission and sponsorship information.