CONGRATULATIONS SEPTEMBER GRANT RECIPIENT, SUSAN VITALI!
Click here to learn about our other September grant winner, Miriam Omura.
Congratulations to Susan on a successful grant application!
The following is her grant application:
"Why does art matter? Art matters because it can reach out visually, tactility, auditorily, emotionally and spiritually to touch our inner most humanness. It connects us, enlightens us, heals us, and it makes connections where they were not visible before. Senior citizens are often marginalized in today's world. This proposal is to help me continue my teaching art to senior citizens in an assisted living facilities. Specifically, they will make "Thank you for your service" cards for the local Veteran's Hospital.
Often when living in an assisted living facility all your choices are taken away. You are no longer giving to the community. This project empowers the seniors' creativity, choice making, and generates goodwill. My experience is this lifts confidence and mood.
My art practice includes both making paintings, prints & objects and engaging in social practice projects. You can see examples of both on my website.
Grant funds will be used for supplies including paper, paint, markers, pencils, scissors, printing, envelopes, and patriotic images for inspiration. Funds will also be used for postage to mail the letters and cards.
It is truly a pleasure to work with this generation. The way their faces light up when they are creating art is wonderful. Many elderly are depressed living in a senior assisted living facility, feeling that their lives are over or not important anymore. This project will give hope and purpose to them."