GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY WITH ART
ART AFTER 60
Once a month, we pack up a mobile art project and head out to a residential retirement house or community center to lead an art activity. Collage, painting, sculpture, pottery—any number of hands-on activities might be on the list. Tailored to participants’ abilities and interests, each lesson is designed for maximum enjoyment. These classes serve as a platform for socializing, telling stories, and sharing histories—all of which promote health and well-being!
Much like the art after 60 program, Creative Connections is for at-risk youth and young people with mental illness, designed to help move them from alienation to belonging. With art as a springboard, they learn to express themselves in healthy, positive ways using a variety of creative means, and in the process, discover inner strengths and a sense of connection with others.
The Art Explorers Program works with hundreds of youth every year who would otherwise not have access to art opportunities. Some come from families with low income, where English is not the first language, and/or more challenging situations like housing insecurity or incarceration.
Bringing art to these youths can knock down the walls of indifference, insecurity, isolation and low self esteem.
Art Explorers programs include classes, workshops, residencies and events, created in collaboration with local artists, educators, schools, and youth-serving organizations. Arts experiences are developed with special attention to the particular needs of youth, and include a variety of subject matter, including ceramics, sculpture, drawing, dance, music, poetry, theater, painting, and fiber arts. If you are interested in teaching for our Young Artists programs, or would like more information, email: Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org