Creative Aging is a centerpiece of The Phillips Collection’s art and wellness initiatives, reflecting founder Duncan Phillips’s belief in the profound and positive impact that art can have on our well-being. This exhibition celebrates older adults engaging in the creative process of looking at art, discussing art, and making art.
Creative Aging began in 2011 with one partner, Iona Senior Services in northwest DC. In 2018, the museum expanded its Creative Aging partnerships to include Arts for the Aging (throughout the DC metropolitan area) and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center (in southeast DC, near Phillips@THEARC).
Creative Aging is a multi-visit program of mindful looking, informal discussion, and expressive making. During conversations and art making with Phillips educators and our partners, older adults delve into works of art, sharing ideas, identifying feelings, and forging connections with one another. Each organization brings a distinct perspective to the co-created programs: AFTA’s multi-disciplinary arts integration, Iona’s in-depth art therapy, and Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center’s community connections. The three partnerships offer older adults a vibrant, layered experience that enhances wellness through the arts.