Our Artful Aging photography class this summer had a great time and created some beautiful art. Check out some of the beautiful photographs in our slideshow below! Artful Aging at the Johnson City Public Library was funded through a grant offered by Aroha Philanthropies.
Johnson City Public Library was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. to receive a “Seeding Artful Aging” grant from Aroha Philanthropies. Throughout 2017, Johnson City Public Library offered intensive 8 week long creative arts workshops as part of this grant initiative. Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. Their work is driven by “teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health, and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.”
Theresa Marlowe, one of the participants was delighted with the program. “For me, this was a really wonderful opportunity to learn the magic of the black room and to meet some pretty awesome people.” Every participant received film, dark room space, and the use of a high-quality black and white camera all free of charge. Katie Sheffield, Visual Resources Curator at East Tennessee State University, instructed the ten participants in the class.