The Senior Arts Foundation and the City of Santa Monica, in partnership with several agencies and with support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, is presenting the “Senior and Family Intergenerational Arts Festival: Celebration of Life” Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th.
The festival is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. each day at the Santa Monica Senior Center, 1450 Ocean Ave.
The free festival will inform individuals of all ages about older adults’ life-changing experiences in the arts and will provide seniors who are artists the opportunity to share their talents with the community.
Celebration of Life also commemorates the first anniversary of the Senior Arts Foundation’s collaborative Arts and Community Forum Project, which consists of quarterly forums that promote the arts among older adults in the Santa Monica community.
Included in the Celebration of Life festival are music, photography and quilt exhibitions, as well as demonstrations and interactive workshops in dance and movement, painting, calligraphy, flower arranging, story telling, and poetry.
Arts in Creative Aging, a forum scheduled October 5th, highlights the positive impact of arts on the well-being of maturing adults. Forum panelists include Evelyn Dabes, artist and faculty member of Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College, Ruth Subrin, private art therapist, Fred Sugerman, director of Medicine Dance, and Simone Forti, UCLA adjunct professor.
Following the festival, the photography exhibit will be on display through October 30th at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St.
Additional Celebration of Life partnering agencies include Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College, Santa Monica-UCLA 50+, Santa Monica YMCA, City of Manhattan Poetry Circle, Red Ribbon Squares, and Senior Steppers.
Information about the Senior Arts Foundation, www.SeniorArts Foundation.com/.