“Weaving Our Stories” Beautifully Blends Generations

 

This summer AFTA Teaching Artists Marcie Wolf-Hubbard (art) and Annetta Dexter Sawyer (dance, theatre) led four creative workshops with older adults and children aged 7-15 at Elizabeth House in Silver Spring, MD.  This was the third annual “Weaving Our Stories” program, a collaboration between AFTA and Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County.  Elizabeth House provides subsidized housing for older adults, and the youth travelled from nearby Paddington Square Apartments.  At the beginning of each session, all ages spent time getting to know one another as they immersed themselves in theatre and movement games.

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Smiles and laughter filled the cafeteria. The time spent sharing in the circle flowed into art activities like portraiture and print-making designed to continue the “getting to know you” process.

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At the final session, seniors and children made books featuring artwork and photography from the entire series.  To them, the book is an important memory of new friendships they hope to continue through future visits.  The young participants wrote letters to their older friends thanking them for this meaningful experience.

“I had a great time making art with you all.  I have learned in these past weeks to share doing things I love with others.  These memories will be forever stored and locked in my heart.”  –  Roxana, youth participant

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Select photos by Stephanie Williams