Artful Aging Arts Initiative

Thank you for helping to make Johnson City Public Library’s Artful Aging program possible by making a tax-deductible donation!

Call (423) 434-4454 for more information on how you can support Artful Aging.

The Artful Aging Arts Initiative—What It Is, What It Does

Johnson City Public Library’s Artful Aging program provides a variety of skills-focused arts workshops led by professional teaching artists. The program is funded through a “Seeding Vitality Arts” grant from Aroha Philanthropies.

Artful Aging workshops offer opportunities for older adults (50+) to explore challenging new skills in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. The Library has offered Appalachian music, storytelling, poetry, acting, sculpture, and photography. The results have been shared with our community through exhibits and performances. (You can watch some of these below.)

The Library is committed to continuing these opportunities for emerging artists in the community for little or no charge.

According to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in March 2019, “The arts contribute to healthy aging, making them an effective tool for addressing the wellness needs of older Americans… There are nearly 60 million Americans over the age of 65, and this population is only growing as…tens of millions of Baby Boomers will reach retirement age within the next decade. For these individuals, creative aging…will become an increasingly important resource in the health care continuum.”

Pursuing intensive, skills-focused arts activities have been found to result in:

  • Fewer falls
  • Fewer doctor visits
  • Less medication
  • Less depression
  • Better cognitive function
Call (423) 434-4454 to register for Artful Aging.


I am taking this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the Art Appreciation program, offered at the Johnson City ETSU Campus.  I wanted to say that I really appreciated your information and encouragement to participate in the summer Johnson City Public Library’s Art Appreciation Workshop.

This adult program/workshop has motivated me to continue developing hidden art skills.  I also appreciated Angelique Lynch’s patience very much, and teaching enthusiasm, to keep us focused and informed in the Art science. I also would like to express gratitude for the painting supplies furnished, and to those who supported this educational and motivating program.

Augusta Piña

Angelique Lynch is an excellent instructor. She encourages creativity in a relaxed yet learning environment. Her class preparation is obvious and her style interesting. This is my second year with Artful Aging classes and I wish was it open all year long.  When painting, physical pain decreases which is a relief. Thank you for the opportunity.

Pat Bradley

Videos from A Soirée of Song & Story at The Down Home

Video Testimonials About Artful Aging