A Guest from the East

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 Pacific Islander Senior Center in Washington, D.C.  She danced the story of Ganesh and performed the kuma, a dance in circles.

The Silver Singers, a dance and music performance group founded by Hyatt at the center, embraced Neelima and were eager to join her in dance.  With no shared language, the dancers passed movement back and forth in a beautiful conversation accompanied by Anthony’s live music.  Afterward Neelima shared that she was impressed by the AFTA teaching artists she observed, noting that few artists are so aware of and responsive to their audience members.

Watch Neelima share joyful movement with Chinese seniors at the center.

Neelima's guru in India, Mrs. Sharadini Gole, is still performing and teaching dance at 85 years old.


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.


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

In Loving Memory of Asher Hyatt

Asher Hyatt was a friend to AFTA and is the father of AFTA teaching artist Anthony Hyatt. He passed away on August 27 and a beautiful memorial service was held on Saturday, September 2nd to honor his extraordinary life.  He will be greatly missed. 

Asher Hyatt with Jennie Smith-Peers (Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging), Embassy of Slovakia, June 2016