Four St. Ann’s Community residents were recently recognized for their artistic endeavors by LeadingAge New York, an organization that advocates for senior living communities across the state. LeadingAge New York received 267 art submissions from 56 participating organizations for its 2019 Art Exhibit.
Paintings by Mary Lou Swicklik and Elizabeth Jennings, both residents from St. Ann’s Care Center in Webster, will be among the top 70 pieces chosen for display in a traveling art exhibit that will be seen across New York state. Paintings by Alice Theodore and Jacqueline Riley, also St. Ann’s Care Center residents, received Staff Choice awards and will hang in the offices of LeadingAge New York staff members for a year.
“As we focus on a holistic approach to care at St. Ann’s Community, both art and creativity play an important role in the lives of our elders,” said Triciajean Jones, director of life enrichment. “The gift of creativity empowers our elders to express themselves and brings joy to their lives as well as those around them.”
Resident art classes at St. Ann’s Community are funded by Annie’s Angels, a program created to give St. Ann’s residents with limited financial means an enjoyable and active life with enriching activities. The art classes have allowed seasoned artists and newcomers alike to unleash their creativity and help contribute to quality of life for residents.