We're Hiring

As Arts for the Aging forges ahead with a newly revitalized strategic plan celebrating recent growth and enrichment in our mission and programming, we are expanding and transitioning our team. We’re inviting applications for new and continuing full-time staff positions -- Program Director, Administrative Manager and Development Coordinator -- with anticipated interview and hire dates in March 2020. The job descriptions and application instructions are available via the links above. A cover letter, that describe how your skills and experience directly match the respective position, to accompany your resume is mandatory. No phone inquiries or snail mail applications, please.

Over the last two years our artistic faculty and reach to community partners has grown by 20%. 23 teaching artists --- five who are new introducing curricula in theatre, play-writing, poetry, and tango --- regularly reach 1,376 older adults and caregivers in 50 community and residential care settings and cultural institutions in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Together with 600 annual and celebrated music, dance, and visual arts programs, these workshops provide accessible and uplifting ways to meet the effects of changing abilities that come with aging.

With the challenge that most of our staff is changing at once, comes the opportunity to bring on new colleagues around similar hiring timelines to partner with us in next exciting steps. We look forward to hearing from you.

Collaboration with Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

The spirit of legendary American singer Marian Anderson was brought to life by members of Arts for the Aging's artistic faculty, ROMEZ3arts, in the halls within the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery during this vibrant exhibition workshop about the remarkably ravishing, dignified, humble, and revolutionary contralto. "See Me" at the Smithsonian engages older adults with memory loss and their care givers in the art of slow-looking and conversation around masterworks in their various museum collections. Arts for the Aging partners with the Smithsonian by bringing additional artistic modalities to inspire music-making and dance-making evoked by the art and the stories they illuminate. We welcomed staff from the World Bank who joined us to engage with philanthropic recipients, like Arts for the Aging, of their generous Community Connections Campaign. Starting in the gallery, museum educators Vanessa Jones and Amy Lewis Castine sparked conversation, and ROMEZ3arts (Anamer Castrello, Peter Joshua Burroughs, Carlos Cesar Rodriguez) evoked singing around key works in the show about Ms. Anderson. Then we moved to the museum’s magnificent indoor courtyard where we sang, danced, and felt the joy of connecting through the arts. In a moving moment during the workshop, Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic 1939 letter to the Daughters of the American Revolution was read aloud, which lambasted and ended her membership there when the DAR refused Ms. Anderson a performance at Constitution Hall because of her race. It paved the way for the glory of her singing at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial. Together we acknowledged the importance of the shared beauty of our differences in this melting pot we call, to quote Ms. Anderson’s astute lyrical change, the “Land where ‘Thy’ fathers died.” View a clip from the program here

Island Dreams

Arts for the Aging programs returned to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Senior Center and Knox Hill Apartments in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8. Residents took part in specially designed programs bringing works from The Phillips Collection alive through music, dance and art-making. Participants focused on the museum's retrospective of 92-year-old Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez. Ms. Sánchez reflected on her life and 70-year career in her exhibition Soy Isla (I am an Island). At the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Senior Center, teaching artists Peter Burroughs and Fairouz Foty brought their experiences performing in Cuba to the group through music and dance, and teaching artist Marcie Wolf Hubbard connected the content with hands-on art-making. At Knox Hill Senior Apartments, participants enjoyed Moving Art, merging modern art and movement to explore how the modalities connect. Teaching Artists Nancy Havlik and Marcie Wolf Hubbard brought works from the Zilia Sánchez exhibition to life-inspiring collaged art books. Both groups took field trips to The Phillips Collection for a special tour led by museum educator, Donna Jonte. They interacted with several large pieces by Sánchez, including her Lunar con tatuaje (Moon with Tattoo), creating imaginative storylines connecting images (the 'tattoos') drawn on the sculpture. Arts for the Aging teaching artists led them in turning those stories and ideas into movement in the gallery space. Click here for photos from the series. What's next? Program participants at Alexandria Adult Day Services Center eagerly await a September visit to the Phillips to see The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement. They are already creating art inspired by the exhibition's theme of inclusion for migrant populations.

Community Look-In with Arts for the Aging at Dance Exchange

Friends, families and community members experienced a Quicksilver rehearsal during our Community Look-In on May 6 at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD. Quicksilver is Arts for the Aging's improvisational senior dance company.  Guests were invited to join Quicksilver on the dance floor for movement warm-ups. Later the company performed a piece lovingly created in memory of Quicksilver dancer Jaya Adiga, who passed away earlier this year, that incorporated her collection of colorful scarfs. The event concluded with a presentation, talk-back, and reception with Quicksilver co-directors and dancers.  Thank you, Dance Exchange, for hosting our dance company’s weekly rehearsals this year. We look forward to continuing and growing our partnership next season.