Art is Ageless

A photo essay


We celebrate the art of precocious children. Why not lift up that of older adults — especially those just discovering their gifts and talents after hanging up their lab coat, hard hat or other uniform of the regularly employed?


What began in 1980 as a calendar contest has grown into a regular feature of the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, with artistic competitions generating not only annual calendars, but also note cards, Christmas cards, sympathy and anniversary cards. Categories of submissions include drawing, fiber arts, mixed media, needlework, painting, photography, quilting, sculpture/3-D and Christmas.


The Art is Ageless program was born out of PMMA’s desire to reaffirm “the agelessness of human creativity” and to actively demonstrate that “when it comes to human worth, it is the mind and spirit — not age — that counts,” said former PMMA President Rev. Thomas C. Wentz in introducing the inaugural calendar.


The artistic talents of the residents get cultivated via a variety of artistic classes and programs offered at most PMMA communities. Residents are invited to learn traditional media but also to create their own, including the performing arts.


Here we bring a sampling of some of the recent contributions of these “precocious” adults.


Art is Ageless® is a trademarked program of senior art competition/exhibits and program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America Inc.