In this interview, Sandra Drabant, a formally trained art teacher, art therapist and mixed media artist talks about her experience working in the Projects Department at the United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC), where she taught hand building technique classes in pottery. Sandra’s class at the UMRC was part of Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts U.S. Initiative.
In December 2019, the Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum held their culminating event for the workshop, “Journeys Through Clay,” part of the Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums Initiative. The program was funded by Aroha Philanthropies and training and technical assistance was provided by Lifetime Arts. In this blog post are two videos that captured the workshop, featuring participant artwork and short interviews with the students and teaching artist, Gail Morton.
Earlier this year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh along with the Age Strong Commission and the Office of Arts and Culture announced a partnership with Goddard House Community Initiatives and Lifetime Arts that has brought free participatory arts programming to older adults in the city’s Jamaica Plain, Mattapan and South End neighborhoods.
The Creative Aging Program (CAP) has expanded creative arts education for older adults, broadened awareness of teaching artists, and demonstrated the benefits and efficacy of integrating arts into older adult education.