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Chelsea Community Foundation Grant Supports The Art of Aging

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Chelsea, MI, November 21, 2019 – The United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation and the Chelsea District Library are pleased to present The Art of Aging exhibition from December 2nd through the 29th in the library’s first floor lobby during regular library hours.  This exhibition will showcase a variety of acrylic and watercolor paintings, drawings and pastels, as well as pottery created by the residents of UMRC’s Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC), located in Chelsea, Michigan.


“We are so grateful for the Chelsea Community Foundation and the Chelsea District Library for making this program possible and for allowing us to share our residents’ beautiful talents with the community,” says Wendy Brightman, President of the UMRC Foundation and Porter Hills Foundation.  “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.”

Drawing instructor Jean Downs, a resident of UMRC’s The Cedars of Dexter, agrees.  “Anybody can draw if they’re given the tools,” she says.  “If you have a desire, you can do it.”

Research has shown that the arts play an important role in healthy aging, from providing a creative outlet for self-expression to the opportunities to socialize with others.  One of CRC’s art students said, “I loved the class.  It let me splash around all my ideas.  This program was excellent and allowed my creative abilities to flow.”

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

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


Building on a foundation of 113 years of service, United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that promotes the wellness, dignity and independence of older adults, by providing high quality, innovative and compassionate senior residential and supportive services. UMRC recently affiliated, under shared governance and leadership, with Porter Hills, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Together, these organizations represent the second largest nonprofit senior living organization in Michigan.  With a tradition of exceptional quality and a commitment to cutting-edge care, these faith-based organizations and their affiliates combine to serve more than 6,700 older adults each year, from 24 locations and service lines, across 22 counties in Michigan’s lower peninsula.|734.433.1000

The UMRC Foundation is the charitable arm for United Methodist Retirement Communities, with headquarters in Chelsea, Michigan.  Since its inception in 1998, the UMRC Foundation has provided over $18,500,000 through its Benevolent Care Fund to help UMRC residents remain in their homes when they outlive their resources.  The mission of the UMRC Foundation is to promote the wellness, dignity, and independence of seniors by supporting UMRC residents, staff, and the communities UMRC serves.|734.433.1000

Chelsea District Library is a not for profit organization whose mission is to engage,

inspire, and equip through evolving services and resources. The Library currently serves 15,010

residents in the Chelsea district – City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan

townships — and more than 16,000 individuals visit the Library each month. For more

information, visit

The Chelsea Community Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs.  Founded in 1995, the Chelsea Community Foundation has a permanent charitable endowment of approximately $2 million through gifts from individuals, families and businesses.  The Foundation has awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working to address community needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life in the city of Chelsea and surrounding areas.  The Chelsea Community Foundation is an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region.  As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs.  Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion through nearly 67,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties.  For more information, please visit


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