27th Annual AFTA Cup Team Tennis Tournament

Our tournament this past May took place at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, home to the Citi Open tournament and members of Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Players enjoyed friendly competition, fantastic exhibition play, and on the stadium's center court with local tennis celebrities and junior tennis players from JTCC. A fun and scrumptious awards party buffet in the hospitality suites followed and we were joined by NBC News 4 Anchor Jim Handly. Much gratitude to AFTA Trustee and event chair Don Wright, and to these top sponsors of the AFTA Cup: Gold - LafargeHolcim; Silver - SunTrust Bank; Ace - ADS Corporation, Creig Northrop Long & Foster, Fidelity Engineering, Gingles LLC, KONTERRA/Gould, Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Proceeds support AFTA's award-winning participatory arts workshops for older adults living with health impairments - using creativity to turn isolation, loneliness, and loss into community, access, and joy.  Click here for event photos.

From top: Tennis committee member Rob Arner, AFTA Trustee Joan Ronnenberg; NBC 4's Jim Handly with tournament finalists and exhibition players.

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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.


AFTA News and Opportunities

There are several opportunities to share for those of you interested in the intersection of creativity and aging.  Our most recent Program E-news gives you the full scoop.

Arts and the Brain: Arts for Aging
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Mansion at Strathmore

Janine Tursini, Arts for the Aging, Inc (AFTA)

Jehan El-Bayoumi, MD, FACP, George Washington University

Wall Matthews, AFTA Teaching Artist

The therapeutic power of art - to comfort, to heal, to elevate quality of life - has inspired human creativity for centuries.  Strathmore's Arts and the Brain lecture series engages teachers, scholars, and artists working at the intersection of arts and health to present innovative, practical strategies for harnessing the arts to alleviate suffering and strengthen vitality.

Introducing: Just Us at the National Gallery of Art

This new program will launch for four months on first and third Mondays starting in April to provide interactive, discussion-based experiences in the galleries for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants explore two or three works of art during each 90-minute program and the theme changes for every session.

This is a free program for individuals with early-stage dementia and an accompanying caregiver.

More information available here.


OCTOBER 19, 2016: AFTA Gala Reception, Giving Voice to Lifelong Creativity

Gala Chairs Ambassador Don Bliss (Ret.) and Nancy Bliss with AFTA Board Chair Ryan Wilson (center)

Nancy Peery Marriott, with Dick Marriott, Sandra Marriott Bertha, Alice Hales, and Julie Marriott

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Kim Taylor, Therapeutic Recreation Manager, Alexandria Adult Day Services, AFTA Participant Karla Kombrink (with her artwork), Brandi Rose, AFTA Program Director

AFTA’s 28th Annual Gala Reception, Giving Voice to Lifelong Creativity, was held in Washington D.C. at The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, also known as Anderson House. Nancy Peery Marriott was honored with the 8th Lolo Sarnoff Founder’s Award, celebrating her humanitarianism, philanthropy and lifelong engagement in the arts. Gracious chairs of this year’s gala were Nancy Bliss and Ambassador Don Bliss (Ret.), longtime supporters and active participants in AFTA.  Dominic Cossa, professor of voice at the University of Maryland who has sung as leading baritone with some of the world’s greatest opera companies, presented the award.

A reception for Sponsors featured a tribute performance to Mrs. Marriott of Art Song to Zarzuela by the Rómez Trio. The main reception hosted the award presentation, a touching interactive performance of lyrics set to melody from the opera, La Traviata, written by AFTA program participants from Kensington Park Senior Living, and moving remarks from program participant Karla Kombrink, whose original works of art were part of an exhibition from AFTA programs on display.

Proceeds from the Gala will help AFTA provide frequent, high-quality, artist-led workshops at dozens of adult day care centers, nursing homes, assisted living, community centers and senior housing centers in the Washington metropolitan area. AFTA flips the paradigm of old age by using creativity to turn isolation, loneliness, and loss into community, access, and joy.

A link to photographs from the Gala is available here and the full program from the evening is available here.