P.S. ARTS Volunteer Coordinator, Joella Still, shares an update on The Studio, our virtual visual arts and movements class for ages 55 and up. With a structure similar to our Classroom Studio program, The Studio is designed for participants to learn about artists and various art forms, and create art and movement pieces. Read on to learn more about this dynamic class and how to sign up.
When we think of wellness, the first ideas that come to mind are usually medicine, physical health, diet, or exercise. But over the past year, we’ve been able to see first-hand the impact of providing arts education to older adults during the pandemic and its contributions to their overall health and wellbeing. It’s time to add art to the conversation of wellness. Initially developed to address social isolation of older adults, we very quickly realized the greater impact of weekly movement and visual arts classes. Participants of this program have created a wonderful community for themselves filled with encouragement, inspiration, and support.
Spreading mainly through word of mouth, The Studio now has participants from all over the country and the world. “P.S. ARTS has given me the support I need during this trying time.” – Veronica Clark
In these classes, tools are provided to address needs of the body, space is created to commune with one another, and leadership is encouraged. While learning about the history of stepping and marching bands at Historically Black Colleges and Universities or New Orleans culture of the second line for instance, participants exchange ideas and collaborate to create choreography. Week after week, The Studio continues to address physical, social, and emotional needs, all of which contribute to wellness. Wellness isn’t just exercising and eating right, it’s also having the space to vent about life and dance with new friends on zoom. It’s about having a space you can come to for self-improvement, continued learning, exploring creativity, and community.
Thank you, Joella! The Studio takes place every Tuesday at 2:15pm PST. Prospective participants 55+ can sign up for free here.