Art With Elders engages with older adults to create community through creativity.
What we do
Working directly with long term care facilities, our program provides almost 2,000 art classes throughout the Bay Area each year. Led by artist Mark Campbell and taught by a team of dedicated professional artists, elders gather in groups of up to twelve for two hours each week to learn new skills and create art. These are not craft activities, but instead the focus is on building fine arts skills that lead to professional-quality and inspiring, engaging works of art.
Through group art classes and exhibitions, we are using the power of creativity to build community and offer seniors connectedness, new skills, expanded modes of expression and, most importantly, hope and meaning.
Additionally, we believe that showcasing the artistic achievements of elder artists challenges the notion that aging is only about decline. So each year, artists submit their work for an annual, juried exhibit that opens with a celebration that gathers artists with their peers, caregivers, friends, and families. The exhibit then travels to different locations in the Bay Area, sometimes reaching almost 60,000 people.