UMRC Foundation Partners with Chelsea District Library to Display Artful Aging Exhibition in December

Display Showcases Creativity of Older Adults

The United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation and the Chelsea District Library are pleased to present an Artful Aging exhibition from December 3 through the 30th in the library’s first floor lobby during regular library hours.  This exhibition will showcase acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as pottery created by the residents of UMRC’s Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC), located in Chelsea, Michigan.

“The UMRC Foundation was one of just 15 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies to encourage creativity among older adults,” explains Wendy Brightman, UMRC Foundation President.  “This grant has allowed UMRC to offer arts instruction, taught by local teaching artists, to residents at CRC.  Many of our course participants had never tried their hand at creative arts before taking one of these classes.  Each work of art is a testament that every individual is capable of creating beauty, regardless of age.”

Research has shown that the arts play an important role in healthy aging.  CRC resident, Julia Strimer said, “The Artful Aging program gives us a chance to experience new, exciting projects and to grow as individuals.  The classes I took opened my mind and heart to creativity within myself and others…Artful Aging allows our spirit to remain young.”

Chelsea District Library Director Lori Coryell said, “The Chelsea District Library is honored to partner with UMRC to showcase these creative talents in this exhibition during the month of December.”

To learn more about the Artful Aging exhibition, contact the Chelsea District Library at 734-475-8732 or the UMRC Foundation at 734-433-1000 ext. 7424.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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