In this catalog, you will see work from members of our programs across New York City. Some artists are professionals and others are newer to the craft, having picked up a paintbrush or knitting needles for the first time at a JASA art class. Each artist shares one common goal: for their hard work to support JASA and the 40,000 older adults we serve each year.
Gothamist spoke to the show’s curator Hannah Murray, JASA’s chief development and communications officer Allister Wesson, and participating artist Fira Shvarts:
Wesson says that the most meaningful part of organizing this show is seeing the joy it brings the artists. For some, like Shvarts, it’s a chance to finally pursue a passion.
For others, it’s not just fun – it’s lifesaving.
“It’s giving them hope,” Wesson said. “It’s giving them joy.” She’s heard from seniors who say that being an artist means everything to them.
“I found a new purpose for my life,” Shvarts said. “When you draw, you forget about everything.”
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