The Senior Arts Foundation and the city of Santa Monica, in partnership with several local agencies, will present the Senior & Family Intergenerational Arts Festival: Celebration of Life from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Santa Monica Senior Center, 1450 Ocean Ave.
The festival, free to the public, will have an intergenerational focus, providing interactive arts activities for people of all ages, event organizers say. Celebration of Live aims to recognize older adults’ life-changing experiences in and through the arts, and highlights the creative leadership contributions of adults ages 50 and older.
The event will include diverse arts workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibits, including a silk screening activity conducted by youths of the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center, who were commissioned to create three designs that reflect the spirit of the event, as well as performances by wheelchair dancers Colours in Motion.
Also featured in the Celebration of Life festival are music, photograph and portrait exhibitions, as well as demonstrations and interactive workshops in dance and movement, painting, calligraphy, laughing-yoga, drumming, mask-making and other cultural arts activities. One highlight will be the Police Activities League’s Youth Photo Exhibit, “Kids with Cameras,” led by Fabian Lewkowicz and the Portrait Exhibit by two artists aged 50 and up, Loraine Mestman and Kathryn Hall, which will reflect the diverse faces and lives of different generations, organizers said.
Additional Celebration of Life partnering agencies include Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and the Santa Monica YMCA, among others.
For more information about the Senior Arts Foundation, www.seniorartsfoundation.org/, or for additional information about the city’s senior programs, www.smgov.net/seniors/.