Arts programs are essential in a community to help older adults get involved and remain an important part of their communities. Community based arts programming helps older people as the keepers of culture remain dynamic members of society and provides younger generations with positive role models encouraging a strong sense of meaning and purpose in healthy living in vital communities. In this section you will find all the information on our website including news, events, stories, research and more pertaining to community arts programming.

For the first 40 years of the Olympics, artists were able to submit pieces of work in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music with the goal of winning an Olympic medal.  Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee and the modern Olympic games, believ

Laura Hahn, 29 and Arthur, 87 make an unlikely pair of friends.  The two met three years ago after Laura saw an online ad for an organization called DOROT encouraging people to visit homebound seniors.   Laura applied for the one-year commitment of visiting a senior once a week, and was matched

Buranovo, Russia was a small dying village until a group of eight local older women known as the Buranovskiye Babushki (or Grandmothers of Buranovo), placed second at a music contest called Eurovision, a European talent contest.   The group dressed in traditional garb and sang rock’ n’ roll piec

This fall Matthew Ross Smith, founder of The Spaces Between Your Fingers project will embark on a unique journey, the 10,000 Strangers Campaign.  The Smith will attempt to introduce himself to 10,000 strangers in parks, libraries, arts and senior centers all across America and will offer those h

The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony, to open in December, will feature an impressive array of opportunities for their residents, ages 55 and above and earning 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income.  The colony will boast a fitness center, yoga center, spa, dog park, community gardens, and a

Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, has created an innovative housing development model bringing the arts to low and moderate income seniors.  The Burbank Senior Artists Colony in California boasts a theater group, an independent film company and a variety of courses in film

San Francisco’s family tree history website recently released the 1940 U.S. census data. They worked with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to build and host the data into the public cloud.

New York’s Pace University students teach senior citizens computer skills such as email, searching the web and more. Many of the seniors come back to the tutoring sessions multiple times before they remember how to use the skills.

Amy Henderson noted two varieties of retired life, one that consisted of uneventful days inside an unstimulating environment and the other where life was booming. Those living in the latter enjoyed learning new creative expressions, surrounded by art and like-minded souls.

Ruth’s Table, a creative special events meeting space for art, music, film, poetry and lectures spanning politics and culture, provides art to residents and neighbors of the Bethany Center Senior Housing in San Francisco.