In order to celebrate the artistic work of seniors in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), will host its 10th year anniversary of their “Celebrate Arts and Aging” exhibits.
Presented by PCA, a nonprofit organization aimed to improve the quality of life for older Philadelphians, and in part by PECO, their corporate sponsor, the “Celebrate Arts and Aging,” formerly known as “Seniors Celebrate the Arts,” will highlight the work of older adults 55 and up, throughout the city in May.
The artwork consisting of a variety of watercolors, paintings, fabric art, pottery and more, will be showcased at four venues: Center on the Hill in Chestnut Hill, Independence Visitors Center in Old City, Philadelphia Senior Center in Center City and the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia.
Joan Zaremba, director of marketing and corporate relations at PCA, believes these exhibits are good for the seniors to be involved with.
“There’s actual research that shows there’s a strong correlation between physical and mental health in participation in the arts,” she said. “We want the general population to see the talents and creativity of our seniors.”
Last year, 167 seniors participated in the series.
Prior to establishing “Celebrate Arts and Aging” the PCA held exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, one exhibition, displaying art. Subsequently, the Art Institute hosted their artwork for one week and was so impressed they were invited back for a whole month, says Zaremba.
The participation of seniors grew from starting at 25, 10 years ago, to 170 participants this year. In addition to the artwork submission, PCA will provide opportunities for discounts to art performances, museums and a variety of cultural venues. They are currently in the process of gathering workshops, events and soliciting discounts.
The PCA will feature the artwork in their May issue of Milestones, their monthly newspaper. Every year they pick a signature piece of art and use it as part of their promotion.
We’re just looking forward to it, the seniors love it they look forward to it every year,” Zaremba said. “It’s very exciting and we love doing it — I’m excited to see the art that comes in this year.”
Participants must submit artwork that has been created within the last three years by March 28. Each applicant is allowed one submission and can receive more information at www.pcaCares.org/seniorart or by calling 215-765-9000.