Art is ageless.
The Creative Aging initiative connects professional teaching artists with various senior living facilities across Oklahoma City to provide weekly programming that reaches those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other physical and cognitive challenges. Classes include different levels of visual arts instruction and are designed to make seniors at various stages of their lives feel confident and proud of the work they create.
Rather than crafts, participants in the Creative Aging program learn fine arts techniques and create beautiful artifacts they can proudly display in their rooms or give as gifts to loved ones. The program gives participants time away from the ordinary to engage in stimulating and enriching activities. It can be therapeutic and is often described as the highlight of the week for many people in assisted living centers.