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Brandywine Senior Living Launches “Life Through Art – My Story” PILOT Program with The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Life Through Art – My Story Launches at Haverford Estates & Upper Providence

Through their unique business partnership, Brandywine Senior Living and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), kicked-off 2016 with a collaborative art program called Life Through Art – My Story  for senior living residents at their communities in Haverford and Upper Providence.

The on-site, customized 10-week program, facilitated by PAFA affiliated instructors, was designed to bring about breakthroughs in personal artistic expression for participants. Artworks will be created and influenced by events and encounters that celebrate participants’ lives and past recollections.

“My goal for Life Through Art – My Story is to create a sense of community amongst the participants which is established by each person sharing a piece of their past,” said Dona Duncan, Registered Art Therapist, after the first completed session. Duncan shared, “Individuals that entered the bright space with lovely views provided expressed some flat affect or fear of the unknown, which is normal. This quickly turned into laughter, teasing, and pure enjoyment during and after the art group session. It’s truly a magical experience.”

Participating residents will be introduced to a variety of approaches utilizing materials common to traditional usage such as pencils of varying grades, charcoal, conté crayons, graphite sticks and colored media for an end project that will showcase their Life Story. At the end of the 10-week program, a formal exhibit Life Through Art - My Story, Art Therapy, PAFA, Brandywine Living at Haverfordof completed works will be shown at select Brandywine locations and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Spring 2016.

 “The reconnection with art at a higher level is a wonderful way to feel inspired, create and express oneself,” said Maria Nadelstumph, Vice President of Organizational Development and Program Excellence at Brandywine Senior Living. “Each week is designed to build one’s confidence in discovering their inner Picasso.”