Dear Friends:
Creative aging in virtual times is inventive, improvisational, replenishing, and ... technical! It also remains grassroots. We are incubating and training together with our teaching artists. We are re-learning what client communities and artistic faculty need during this 'new now.' We are launching new programs. Slowly, diligently, we are reconnecting with older adult and caregiver communities in Greater Washington DC that our teaching artists have come to know and creatively care for over 32 years.

Short, promotional videos of online programs are available on our Vimeo page linked here 

We also recognize the hardship for so many families, the creative economy, artists, performers, marginalized communities of older Americans and people of color hardest hard hit by the pandemic. 

Screenshot: Teaching artist Deborah Riley brings the Joy of Movement to our online offerings
We are working diligently to grow back our community reach as creatively, effectively, and safely as possible.

Screenshot: Teaching artist Miles Spicer shares music and stories about the history of the blues

Major advances in restructuring operations and programming during this unparalleled time are the result of stellar work by a fantastic team of staff and interns, our dynamic board of trustees, and our teaching artists. 

Top left-right: Administrative manager Peggi McGovern, director and CEO Janine Tursini, communications intern Mira Dwyer, research intern Shreya Bhatia, and program director Sarah House

During this Year in Music 2020, stay tuned for the artfully unexpected.

Screenshot: Quicksilver, our improv dance company for older adults, rehearses a mask dance 

Meanwhile, we are looking ahead to engage, delight, and reconnect with you this fall. We are pondering ideas for some kind of artful Zoom Happening! What might you imagine for such an event?  I'd love to hear from you.

Be safe. Be well. Be Kind.


Janine Tursini
Director & CEO
P.S. -- Addressing accessibility and the digital divide during the pandemic is important to us
Above: heART Kits, delivered with meals to seniors and caregivers at home, are an inspirational addition to offerings with client partners not yet ready for online programming

News Roundup
If you don't already follow us on social media you may have missed some of this recent news-of-the-positive:
  • Brain Research Shows the Arts Promote Mental Health
  • At 107, This [local] Artist Beat Covid-19. It Was the Second Pandemic She Survived.
  • 100-Year-Old Coronavirus Fundraiser of More Than $40 Million "Captain Tom," Knighted at Windsor Castle
  • Senior Center Combats Boredom by Recreating Iconic Album Covers
  • In Baltimore, Oldest Black-Owned Nursing Home in MD Keeps Covid-19 at Bay 

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