In September of 2016, the Art With Elders (AWE) program came to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center with a bi-monthly class taught by Patrick St. Clair with faculty sponsor and group leader Melanie Stephens, PhD. This created an opportunity for patients and caregivers to explore and develop latent artistic talents, learn new skills and create art. Some students are first-time artists.
AWE does business as the San Francisco non-profit, ElderGivers. AWE has given thousands of seniors a new lease on life by introducing them to the adventure of art. One of the most important connections an older person can make and maintain is the curiosity, wonder, and unselfconscious urge to explore and to create that are associated with the best characteristics of childhood. Willingness to re-kindle the spontaneity, the excitement of grappling with the unfamiliar and the sense of unlimited potential that often characterize our younger days can – at any age – once again open hearts and minds to new worlds, new discoveries, new joys and, subsequently, fresh meaning in life.
MAC AWE Artists
Maria Gladys Trujillo
Mark Campbell, AWE Executive Director
Patrick St. Clair, MAC AWE Instructor
MAC Artists – Faculty, Staff & Affiliates
Jeff Shen/Satchel Crank
Friday, July 21 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sandler Neurosciences Center, Gallery 190
675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, CA