Our Mission

Our Mission

 

Art With Elders (AWE) uses the power of art, creativity, and community to enrich the journey of aging.

 

 

Our Vision

 

A society in which every older adult engages in the creative arts as part of a healthy and vibrant aging process.

 

What We Do

 

Founded in 1991, AWE provides 2,000 art classes each year for more than 400 seniors in long-term care communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by artist Mark Campbell and taught by a team of dedicated professional Artist Instructors, elders gather in small groups for two hours each week to learn new skills and create art. AWE is distinctive in its program quality; these are not craft activities, but instead the focus is on skill-building — ranging from color and composition to perspective and background. Each year, artists submit their work for an annual, juried exhibit. After an opening reception for artists, family, friends, and caregivers, the exhibit then travels to several locations in the Bay Area, where it is viewed by an estimated 30,000 people.

 

Art With Elders (AWE) uses the power of art, creativity, and community to enrich the journey of aging.