Guest Blog: Artist Residency Targets older adults, receives funding from the PCA
Art’s benefits are not just for kids. Art-making builds the muscles of creativity and literally grows brain cells. Studies show that art and creativity can ignite a passion for learning as it nurtures a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Those are the proven benefits of art for kids, and as it turns out, for adults as well. Data continues to build, adding evidence to the value of art and artmaking activities.
I have been been awarded a grant for “The Fine Art of Aging Creatively,” a series of art-making sessions for seniors ages 60 and above, hosted by the Central Bucks Family YMCA in Doylestown.
This arts residency targets older adults with high caliber arts and promotes artistic expression to improve health and well-being and build personal and community ties. Over the year, I will introduce senior art makers to my favorite media—print making and fiber design. My own work has been exhibited at the Allentown Art Museum, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Bucks County Historical Society. A teaching artist in Pennsylvania since 1995, I have designed arts residencies for public schools, Tyler State Park, public libraries in Philadelphia and Bucks County, and a program for women offenders at the Allentown Art Museum. For information about The Fine Art of Aging Creatively,visit the Y's website at www.cbfymca.org.