Artful Living Blog

In the March 8, 2016 Science section of The New York Times, Personal Health columnist Jane E. Brody talks about the importance of arts participation and its link to better health, including the work of Arts for the Aging.  Ms. Brody describes that “Music, dance, poetry and painting are pumping new life into older bodies and minds,” capturing the […]

On Wednesday, October 21st, Arts for the Aging lost a bright star from our constellation of talented teaching artists and volunteers.  Marge Wydro, 95, had been a member of AFTA’s senior improvisational dance company Quicksilver for more years than we can remember.  Marge stood out in a group of remarkable women for her physical fitness […]

We’re sad to see the summer go but excited about new opportunities fall brings!  Our summer kicked off with the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) National Leadership Exchange and Conference, which featured performances by our senior dance company Quicksilver and the Silver Singers from the Terrific, Inc. Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center.  Now as the […]

At Alexandria Adult Day Services Center (AADSC), a dedicated group of women have embraced art-making with arms wide open.  They participate in biweekly workshops with AFTA Teaching Artist Carol Siegel.  Carol practices Expressive Arts Therapy which integrates arts modalities like poetry, storytelling and painting to promote growth and healing.  The women soared under Carol’s guidance.  […]

We have some sad news to share: the founder of Arts for the Aging, Lolo Sarnoff, passed away on Sunday, November 9.  She was 98. On our director’s  last visit with Lolo they had tea on a breezy afternoon.  She was so peaceful and glad to hear of Arts for the Aging’s progress and good […]

The Beacon, a monthly paper for people over the age of 50 in the Greater Washington area, has just published this profile of Arts for the Aging titled “Art and music erase limitations” in its October issue. The article’s author Barbara Ruben visited a workshop with AFTA Teaching Artist Anthony Hyatt at The Kensington Club @ Parklawn […]

At AFTA we are pleased to meet like-minded individuals and organizations. It extra- special to find we are simpatico with artists from another part of the world.  Three ballet dancers from Japan visited the Washington, D.C. area this summer to promote their organization Successful Aging with You (SAY). SAY assists seniors in aging gracefully with […]

The greater Washington, D.C. area may have experienced one of the coldest winters on record, but Mother Nature has rewarded our tenacity with a beautiful spring. In fact, the Washington Post is boasting a ten week streak of (nearly) rain free weekends. Our Shine Together program at Kensington Park Senior Living could not have a […]

Our summer intergenerational program “Weaving Our Stories” was a gratifying experience for all involved.  Teaching Artists Marcie Wolf-Hubbard (art) and Candace Wolf (storytelling) led four sessions with older adults and children aged 7-15 at Holly Hall Apartments, a new center partner, in Silver Spring, MD.  The program is a partnership with Housing Opportunities Commission of […]

Please join us for reception hosted by His Excellency Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland, and Mrs. Christine Sager with the Host Committee Chair, esteemed artist Bill Dunlap; tributes to Swiss-German artist, scientist, entrepreneur, humanitarian, philanthropist and nonagenarian, AFTA Founder Lolo Sarnoff; presentation of the 5th Annual Sarnoff Award to Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) for distinguished philanthropy, community […]


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