Art for Art's Sake

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

Cheryl Cleeves
Ruth Dawson
David Hale
Jeffrey Kellman
Ione Kuhner
Bertha Mendoza
Teresa Ortiz
David Pirgowicz
Maria Gladys Trujillo


AWE Staff

Mark Campbell, AWE Executive Director
Patrick St. Clair, MAC AWE Instructor


MAC Staff

Shoshannah Rubin
Suzy Kwok
Emily Fox
Karen Dorsman


MAC Artists – Faculty, Staff & Affiliates

Barbara Garita
Kelly Gola
Anna Karydas
Robin Ketelle
Suzy Kwok
Serggio Lanata
Jon Langford
Maria Mejia
Nicole Plata
Kate Possin
Caroline Prioleau
Shoshannah Rubin
Jeff Shen/Satchel Crank
Melanie Stephens
Paul Sukhanov
Panos Theofilas
Christine Walsh
Ariane Welch
Jennifer Yokoyama

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Sandler Neurosciences Center, Gallery 190
675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, CA

Event Type

Arts & Entertainment


School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni, Patients


Mission Bay


Memory and Aging Center



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