August 24, 2022

Exploring Creativity

Mandalas have been used throughout history all over the world for personal expression, spiritual realization and transformation. Mandalas are used to quiet our constant thoughts so that our creative self can be expressed. They give us a point of focus, remind us that nothing is permanent, and connect us to what is truly important. Although some mandalas can be quite intricate, we will be offering surprisingly simple steps to create beautiful mandalas of your own.  Our free Exploring Creativity group is for adults 55+, and will be held Wednesdays, Sept 7,14 and 28 at 10:30 – 11:30 am via zoom. Contact to register. 

 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, Arts & Aging Coordinator, at 435-840-5661 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.