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The goal of the Creative Aging project was to bring older adults into the Library to gain new skills and improve their quality of life. This project served as a pilot to test the concept of the Library as an active learning center and its ability to work more intensively with seniors in their neighborhoods.

Foundation support from donors like you allowed two groups of seniors to explore the art of painting with watercolors as part of the Library’s Creative Aging project. The classes scheduled at the Greenwood and West Seattle branches this fall ended with an art show featuring their work.

The project was an overwhelming success—32 seniors were part of the watercolor classes taught by two local teaching artists. The classes were so popular that they filled quickly and there was a long waiting list in both neighborhoods.

Here are some comments from the grateful program participants:

“I really appreciate the many opportunities the library offers. This was an amazing offering. So glad I was able to be part of it.”

“The classes stretched my brain, in a good way!”

“We all surprised ourselves with the creativity we didn’t know we had.”

“Because of this class, I started dreaming in color.”

“Now it takes me twice as long to walk to the library because my eyes are open to colors, nature, and patterns!”