Motivations and Innovations

The Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington invited our Director and CEO to share what inspires her work with Arts for the Aging.  You can read more about that here.  And, congratulations to CFP founder Barbara Harman for being named Washingtonian of the Year for 2016!

The Field, a multimedia collage made by participant in AFTA programs at Alexandria Adult Day Health Care Center

Website Debut of New AFTA Video

You're invited into the compelling world of Arts for the Aging, a place where AFTA's gifted and sensitive Teaching Artists facilitate all manner of arts programming for older adults, many of whom face memory and physical challenges, but whose lives are enriched by artistic self-expression and participation in the creative process.


This video was made possible through a generous grant from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and with support -- and gorgeous production -- from Castle Gate Media.


Announcing 28th AFTA Gala Reception and Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Awardee

Nancy Peery Marriott, 2016 Lolo Sarnoff Founder's Awardee

The 28th Annual AFTA Gala Benefit Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, also known as beloved Anderson House, in historic Dupont Circle (2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008). A V.I.P. reception will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the main event from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., including arts tributes and performances. The evening's highlight is presentation of the 2016 Lolo Sarnoff Founder’s Award to dazzling soprano soloist and generous philanthropist, Nancy Peery Marriott, whose artistic joie de vivre and commitment to making the world a better place are the hallmarks of an extraordinary life—one that has done so much for the arts and for those who are more vulnerable in metropolitan Washington, D.C. as well as across the nation. Previous awardees, recognized for sharing AFTA Founder Lolo Sarnoff's humanitarianism and philanthropy, and dedication to lifelong self-expression and engagement in the arts include United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, USAgainstAlzheimer's founders Trish and George Vradenburg, and author and Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired), among others.  Award information can be found here as well as links to a Gala fact sheet, and online admission and sponsorship information.

JANUARY 13, 2016: Capricorn Party

L-R: Patricia and Timothy Trudeau, Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, Georgi Petrov
L-R: Patricia and Timothy Trudeau, Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, Georgi Petrov

Built on a long-held tradition, started by AFTA Founder Lolo Sarnoff to revel with fellow Capricorns and friends each January, Arts for the Aging hosted a party at the residence of the now former Ambassador of The Republic of Bulgaria to the U.S., Her Excellency Elena Poptodorova. Major donors and supporters of the organization joined AFTA to affirm for the new year, and with the astrological goat’s hallmark sure-footedness, our commitment to scale new heights in achievement of our goals. We celebrated the caliber of AFTA programs in high-need older adult communities, with acclaimed pianist, Carlos César Rodríguez, and rising soprano, Fairouz El-Bayoumi Foty, who delighted us with an interactive musical tribute from the beloved opera Carmen; then all sang along using original lyrics written by participants in The Carmen Project, a multi-disciplinary AFTA workshop series led by teaching artists Peter Burroughs and Marla Bush at Family Matters Knox Hill and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centers in Washington, D.C.  Photographs from the evening are here.