Join us for the December edition of our Exploring Creativity class, where we'll draw inspiration from extraordinary artists who continued to create well into their 90s and even 100s. As we age, the prospect of venturing into new artistic endeavors can feel daunting, and these artists serve as inspiring role models, with their life-long pursuit of learning and creating. Each session is organized around a specific theme that we explore by delving into the life stories and artistic legacies of different artists. With their unique styles as our guide, we will make abstract color collages, mini assemblage sculptures, play some surrealist games, create watercolor portraits and more. Don't miss the chance to join this enriching experience and discover the joy of the creative process. The FREE class meets via Zoom on Wednesdays in December, starting December 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. To register, contact Emily Christensen.
For those in the second half of life looking to cultivate wellness through creativity - join the Exploring Creativity Group! Each month we explore a different form of art while building new friendships. Classes are virtual, FREE, and beginners are encouraged! Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30am via Zoom Please contact Emily Christensen for more information.
Emily is a nationally board-certified music therapist who has been working with older adults since 2009. Emily has partnered with JFS since 2018 as director of the Gleeful Choir, a chorus for people living with dementia and their care-partners. She is excited to now expand her role with JFS as the Arts and Aging Coordinator. With a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in gerontology, Emily is passionate about health in holistic terms, recognizing that our emotional, social, and physical health influence each other for either good or bad. "I'm a firm believer that engagement in the arts gives us a chance to grow, to learn, to create, and to connect with others, leaving us with improved health on every level. I'm eager to bring beautiful and fulfilling arts-based experiences to the older adults we serve at JFS," says Emily.