Artful Aging

Artful Aging, presented by Oak Street Health, is a series of programs that 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.

We are excited to announce our 2019 Artful Aging classes. This program is made possible with support from Oak Street Health. 

Come Dance With Me

"Come Dance with Me" will be taught by Teaching Artist Valerie Soetermans. This program is for participants over the age of 55 who want to have fun and make new friends while learning a dance routine. Participants will learn dance combinations applicable to jazz, ballet and tap, while also gaining confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment. This program is FREE and open to all over the age of 55. July 17 - September 11.

Photography in the Gardens

Participants over the age of 55 will learn how to take photos with any device they have (whether that be an SLR camera, a point & shoot camera, or even a cell phone) and make them into works of art. Teaching Artist Valerie Olafson will guide participants through photograph composition, use of light, digital editing, and presentational elements. Participants will also gain confidence and self-esteem in a supportive, positive environment. This year, the program will be held in beautiful Anderson Gardens in Rockford. August 2 - September 20.

Tell Your Tale

Participants over the age of 55 will learn how the process of telling your own personal story is powerful and rewarding. Join local author Karla Clark for an 8-session writing workshop entitled "Tell Your Tale." Learn the basics of personal story writing and create a story to share with yourself or with the world. This session runs October 9 through December 4 (with no class on November 27).

Click the links below to register.

Support Artful Aging

This program is fully funded through donations and grants. Please consider making a donation to the YMCA to enable this program to continue.