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Creative Aging

Creative Aging is a centerpiece of The Phillips Collection’s art and wellness initiatives, reflecting founder Duncan Phillips’s belief in the profound and positive impact that art can have on our well-being. Creative Aging began in 2011 with one partner, Iona Senior Services in northwest DC. In 2018, the museum expanded its Creative Aging partnerships to include Arts for the Aging (throughout the DC metropolitan area) and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center (in southeast DC, near Phillips@THEARC).  

Creative Aging is a multi-visit program of mindful looking, informal discussion, and expressive making. During conversations and art making with Phillips educators and our partners, older adults   explore works of art, share ideas, identify feelings, and forge connections with one another. Each organization brings a distinct perspective to the co-created programs: AFTA’s multi-disciplinary arts integration, Iona’s in-depth art therapy, and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center’s community connections. We believe that these partnerships offer older adults joy-giving and life-enhancing experiences through the arts. 

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Join us for a free, online 30-minute weekly meditation led by local yoga teacher Aparna Sadananda. Each Wednesday, inspired by a calming artwork from our permanent collection, we will practice techniques for mindful looking and thinking that we can carry with us wherever we are. No prior experience needed.

Read about how Sherman Fairchild Fellow Jordan Chambers put this program together