Our curriculum consists of visual, musical, performing, literary, multidisciplinary and intergenerational arts experiences.

  • Healing Movement
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Music
  • Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Theatre and Improvisation
  • Storytelling
  • Expressive Arts
  • Poetry
  • Dance & Movement
  • Musical Theatre

We offer programming in two categories:

Joy in Generation

Older adults living with health-related challenges experience our signature one-hour arts sessions in small groups of about 20 in size. These experiences are self-contained: exposing participants to rotating artists and media each week, emphasizing physical and cognitive abilities, honoring changing needs, validating potential, integrating cultural richness and igniting socialization — all so vital to creating community and feelings of belonging.


Quicksilver is Arts for the Aging’s dance improvisation company comprised of independent adults aged 60 and over.  In weekly rehearsals, company members develop mastery as performers and expertise in the use of dance as a methodology for engaging with other older adults.  During programs in healthcare settings and senior centers throughout the Washington D.C. area, the company uses its art form to enliven their more frail peers, to “begin a conversation”, with participants who learn to make their own creative movement responses.  These dances are usually accompanied by live music.  The experience is about active artistic engagement and self-expression, which are at the heart of AFTA’s person-centered care approach.