The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Hillsborough Branch launched its Creative Aging Workshop Series with an in-kind grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
In early August, teaching artist Margaret Fanning introduced pen and ink techniques and guided participants in creating illustrations based on still life objects. “The creative engagement and joy found in pursuing such endeavors promotes a healthy and happy adult life (55+),” said Jen Sulligan, supervisor of the Adult Services Department. “I’m so excited to be able to apply my arts-based education experience within the library setting and inspire older adults in the community to create and have fun.”
Additional arts programs will be held in-person monthly:
“Creative aging programs honor seniors as creative and social learners,” Sulligan continued. “Skill-based learning of the arts, in a socially supportive environment, offers multiple benefits to older learners, not the least of which is its intrinsic value in reducing social isolation. There is great potential in adulthood, as it is a time to grow, reflect and make sense. A different technique or medium in visual arts will be explored during each workshop. Sometimes we will also learn about artists or art movements.
All supplies will be provided by the library. Registration is required for each artistic session. The Hillsborough branch is located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough. To register for an upcoming creative aging workshop, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/eventscall 908-458-8420 or email [email protected]clibnj.org.