Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Our vision is 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 works with a wide array of senior living communities and senior centers, to offer art classes to older adults throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to in-person classes, we also offer interactive, intergenerational online classes and workshops for those living independently, as well as in community.

Weekly classes are the core of what we do, seniors are able to learn new skills, explore new ideas, and build positive relationships with their peers. 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. The program both celebrates the joy of creating for personal fulfillment, and also promotes development of professional artists who are interested in selling their work.

Additionally, we believe that showcasing the artistic achievements of elder artists helps to challenge stereotypes about aging and provides older adults with a presence in the larger community. Through our “AWE Inspiring” Traveling and Online Exhibits Programs, artwork created in AWE classes is displayed across the San Francisco Bay Area, where it is viewed by an estimated 200,000 people annually.

Through art classes and exhibitions, AWE is using the power of creativity to build community and offer seniors connectedness, new skills, expanded modes of expression and, most importantly, joy and meaning.

Art With Elders would like to thank: The San Francisco Arts Commission, The California Arts Council, SF Grants for the Arts, The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, The Inner Sunset Community Advocates, The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, St. Mary of the Virgin Episcopal Church and Episcopal Charities, The SSJ Health Foundation, The KT Foundation, The SF Health Network, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, CityBridge, The Darby Betts Fund, The Episcopal Impact Fund, The Lion Rock Foundation, and The UCSF Memory and Aging Center.