2018 Intergenerational Art Program at Ring House

The Intergenerational Art Program at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville offers high school and college students an opportunity to support older adults as they create beautiful works of abstract art. Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of forming a relationship with an older adult, while gaining valuable experience that prepares them for careers in such fields as art education, art therapy, psychology or social work.

The program is offered by Charles E. Smith Life Communities in partnership with Link Generations. The program is based on the award-winning, nationally recognized art-making program for people with memory loss developed at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center in Ohio.

During the six-week program, each student is paired with an older adult with some cognitive challenges. Each week, the partners work on a different art project in a small-group setting. The sessions culminate in an exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments.

Volunteers do not need a background in art. The most important criteria are that volunteers are friendly, patient and respectful and have an interest in working with older adults. Volunteers must also be able to commit to attending the training session and weekly sessions. Earn up to 20 SSL hours.

Intergenerational Art Program Dates

Training session – June 28, 9am-12noon

Weekly intergenerational sessions: Thursdays, 10am-12noon (July 12, 19,26, Aug 2, 9, 16)

Art exhibition – Sunday, September 16

Contact lori@linkgenerations.org to register.