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July 7, 2022

Dear Friends,

As you settle into summer with family, friends, and loved ones, I want to tell you about some milestones in bringing the beauty and transformative power of artful connection to more corners of older adult and caregiver communities. I am pleased to share with you our annual report on Rebirth.

Our impact is evident. Pandemic connection, expanded workshop types, partnership growth, workforce development, cultural equity, capacity building, and award-winning progress are at the heart of our work over the last year. 

Our impact by the numbers is clear. Last year we offered inclusive ways to create and connect regularly in an array of programs and trainings with 615 older adults, 175 caregivers, and 36 community and residential care settings—collaborating with our skilled faculty of 22 teaching artists and 13 cultural and academic partners.

This snapshot with teaching artist Wendy Lanxner and client Iona Senior Services was taken recently as we make our way back to in-person workshops in Greater D.C., and while we continue our pandemic-resilient virtual programs too. Wonderful World of Song features Wendy's many musical talents on acoustic guitar, flute, glockenspiel, hand percussion, bass, mandolin, pan flute, and encourages singing together. What a joy!

Your support continues to inspire, uplift, and connect us.

Thank you for every kindness,

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Janine Tursini

Director & CEO


P.S. --  It’s not too late to make a gift during our summer campaign: we are 78% of the way to reaching our $50,000 goal by July 29; and we are thankful to each and every one of you who has contributed so far!

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Photo at top: "Marvelous Musicals" workshop at Alexandria Adult Day Center with emerita teaching artist Joan Hampton Fraser. Stephanie Williams Images.

Our Mission

Since 1988, Arts for the Aging has engaged older adults and caregivers with diverse abilities and backgrounds in health improvement and life enhancement through regular participation in the arts. Our vision is to demonstrate excellence in multidisciplinary, participatory, and inclusive arts programming in partnership with teaching artists, community and residential care settings, and museums, cultural, and academic institutions. We see first-hand how our programs inspire empathy and respect, foster communication and belonging, and promote social connection. Research shows that regular arts engagement has the therapeutic power to improve physical, cognitive, and emotional health.

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