Arts Education Never Stops
September 13, 2017 by Nick Caudle
In 2015 Arts Council Oklahoma City launched a community outreach program designed to bring art classes into senior living facilities in the Oklahoma City metro. Offering bi-weekly classes taught by Arts Council evaluated teaching artists, the Creative Aging initiative provides fun and educational art making experiences to over 250 senior adults in 13 different locations each month.
It also increases awareness about arts access for everyone in our community as well as inspires healthcare staff and caregivers to offer more creative activities to their residents. From creative writing and poetry to painting and drawing, arts education initiatives like Creative Aging are impacting lives around the country, like this resident interviewed by NPR at the Wellness and Arts Center at Iona Senior Services in Washington, D.C .
“We at Canterbury have found that this Art Program draws the residents out of themselves and into a creative and colorful place where they can express themselves freely. This is especially meaningful to those who are dealing with dementia in its various stages.” -Mary Shrum, Program Director at The Fountains at Canterbury.