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Senior Artists Celebrate At San Francisco Center

AWE art exhibit. Image shows paint brushes and scraping tools. Resting on top of painted canvas.

The Art with Elders opening exhibit was held in February.

Artists from the San Francisco Senior Center Downtown location gathered on February 2, 2023, for the opening of “The Power of Creativity & Community.” The art exhibition, held at San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries at City Hall, features work by older adults participating in the Art with Elders (AWE) program. AWE uses art and creativity as a tool to enrich the journey of aging for its participants.

AWE is a hybrid program founded in 1991 that engages older adults in fine arts classes and shares their work and life experiences through public exhibits. Both online and in the classroom, AWE provides a creative outlet, the chance to be social, and connect with the community.

It was an exciting opening, with San Francisco Mayor London Breed giving a speech on the importance of having art in one’s life. AWE’s Director Mark Campbell followed with a presentation on the history of the program. The exhibit will continue at City Hall until August 25, 2023.

“It has been gratifying to see the progress each senior has made in their art,” said Judith Dancer, Director of Senior Centers. SF Senior Center offers open art studio every Thursday at 9:30 am, junk journaling (creative collage) at 12:30 pm, and Art with Elders at 1:30 pm. Older adults are invited to come explore the world of creativity.

SF Senior Center’s Downtown and Aquatic Park locations provide older adults 60+, and adults with disabilities (18+), with a safe place to socialize, get a hot meal, learn a new skill, and much more.

Click here to see the schedule of activities and classes.