Artful Aging

Artful Aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Artful Aging programs are designed to bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults.

The Art of Photography

This class is for participants over the age of 55 who want to have fun and make new friends while learning how to take photos with any device they have (whether that be an SLR camera, point and shoot camera, or even a cell phone). Teaching Artist Valerie Olafson will guide participants through photograph composition, use of light, digital editing and presentational elements. Participants will gain confidence and self-esteem in a supportive, positive environment.

Session Dates: June 8 - July 27
Class: Fridays from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA
Cost: FREE

Register at the Puri Family YMCA, SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, Northeast Family YMCA, or
online here.

For more information, contact Jaime at jfagan@rockriverymca or 779-774-3675.

The YMCA of Rock River Valley was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new national initiative, “Seeding Artful Aging.” The Y received an $18,000 grant to launch three classes in 2017.

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime.

Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. Learn more at