Registration is now open for the first workshops offered in conjunction with the “Seeding Artful Aging” grant received by Johnson City Public Library. These workshops will meet once a week at the library for 8 weeks, followed by a public sharing event of works created. Workshops are free and open to adults age 55 and up. No prior experience is required, but a strong commitment to attendance is encouraged.
Johnson City Public Library has been selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. to receive a “Seeding Artful Aging” grant from Aroha Philanthropies.
Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Their work is driven by “teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.”
Don Johnson will teach Poetry on Tuesday evenings, March 21 – May 9, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Johnson is a retired English professor. He is the author of four books of poems and two short stories, as well as numerous articles on Appalachian literature, the literature of sport, and contemporary American and Irish literature.
Marjorie Shaefer will teach Oral Narratives on Thursdays, March 23 – May 11, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Shaefer is a graduate of East Tennessee State University’s Master of Arts in Storytelling program. She is a performing member of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild, has taught storytelling at Wayne State University and produced an urban storytelling festival for several years.
Both workshops will meet in the library’s Jones Meeting Room. The public sharing events will be held at the Jonesborough International Storytelling Center, and will feature participants reading or performing original work created in the workshops. A reception will follow each event.
For more information about Seeding Artful Aging, please visit arohaartfulaging.org.
About Aroha Philanthropies
Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. More information is available at arohaphilanthropies.org and arohaartfulaging.org.