There are more then 1 million people over 65 living in New York. Motivated by the city's growing older population, MoMA is kicking off the month of May with new programs to engage the elderly and give them the opportunity to engage in conversation over a canvas.
A little closer to home, when I run art classes in nursing homes, this is what I see; conversations over craft and an opportunity for people to express themselves even if their communication skills are deteriorating.
It's enjoyable when you run a regular art class and see the residents forming stronger bonds with one another. At a recent art class, we were painting together as a group when one of the ladies said that she was never very good at art or craft. Another resident quickly piped in, 'but you can cross stitch like a dream.' It was lovely to see the companionship between the two ladies, reminding me that it's not only about the art, but about the conversations and care that it elicits amongst the residents.