Classes Read more
Weekly classes are the core of what we do. In small groups of 10-12 students, elders are able to learn new skills, explore new ideas, and build positive relationships with their peers.
Annual Exhibit Read more
Each year, AWE curates an exhibit showcasing 100 of the most outstanding student artworks. The exhibit is juried by a panel of professionals, and is presented at the Annual Exhibit Opening & Artist Reception in October. For more information about our Annual Exhibit, please visit the Annual Exhibit Page.
After the opening reception, we are proud to share the extraordinary talents of AWE artists with the wider community as the exhibit travels to locations in the Bay Area. For more information about the Traveling Exhibit please visit our Traveling Exhibit Page.
The AWE Model
Working directly with long term care facilities, our program provides almost 2,000 art classes throughout the Bay Area each year. 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. Since many are new to art making, the program is sequential and tailored to each artist’s skill level and knowledge base.
Additionally, we believe that showcasing the artistic achievements of elder artists helps to challenge the notion that aging is only about decline. Each year, artists submit their work for an annual, juried exhibit. After the 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 200,000 people. Artists also participate in online shows throughout the year.