Seniors Beat The Heat With Art And Other Workshops | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Seniors Beat The Heat With Art And Other Workshops

Play associated audio
 Judy Newman looks on as Elizabeth Brooks-Evans (foreground) adds fabric to her collage during an art workshop provided by Iona Senior Services
Jessica Palombo
Judy Newman looks on as Elizabeth Brooks-Evans (foreground) adds fabric to her collage during an art workshop provided by Iona Senior Services

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown. And some D.C. residents over 60 are taking a break at an indoor art workshop.

Buttons, fabric, and paper are shuffled across the folding tables at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church on the grounds of the National Cathedral.

Joan Shapiro is one of approximately a dozen people to attend a free collage-making workshop here. Shapiro says the gray, vertical bars in her collage represent discipline – someone who is so disciplined that they cannot be free.

D.C. artists Gwen Aqui and Bernard Brooks are among those leading the workshops, and are, themselves, over age 60.

"Over the years, we've had some fabulous artwork exhibited from folks who are 60 to folks who are 99 years old, or years young as we like to say," says Patricia Dubroof, who runs a gallery that displays their work.

The program, funded by a grant from the D.C. Office on Aging, offers a variety of classes, from yoga to poetry, to any D.C. resident over age 60.

WAMU 88.5

'Historic Landmark' Status Complicates Corcoran Renovations

Plans by George Washington University to renovate the Corcoran Gallery of Art may be thrown for a loop after D.C.'s historic preservation board designated much of the interior of the building as a historic landmark.

NPR

In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

The Southern Museum of Food and Beverage in New Orleans chronicles the eats and drinks of the Southern states. And it may be one of the only museums where visitors can imbibe while viewing exhibits.
NPR

Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.