Getting Creative With National Assisted Living Week

By Sophia Kroon

 A small sample of Kindred Assisted Living - Avery Crossings' art gallery is showcased above.

A small sample of Kindred Assisted Living - Avery Crossings' art gallery is showcased above.

In October of 2010, Kindred Assisted Living - Avery Crossings partnered with the Newton Art Association to transform one of its hallways into an art gallery. “We have a very long hallway on the third floor of our community that has a lot of natural light,” says Rosalind Fisher, Director of Marketing, Avery Crossings. “Our residents go up and down that hallway all the time, so we thought it would be great for them to have something to look at.”

Every six to eight weeks, the Newton Art Association brings new works from featured artists. “What’s been really great for our residents is that they bring all different kinds of art,” says Fisher. “Sometimes it’s contemporary, sometimes it’s traditional landscapes. We’ve had modern art, three-dimensional art. Our residents really appreciate the variety.”

Each time the artwork changes, Avery Crossings holds a reception with the featured artists. “At the receptions, we serve light refreshments, and the residents are able to look at the new artwork and ask the artists questions,” says Elyse Golibroda, Program Director, Avery Crossings. “They really enjoy meeting the artists, and the artists enjoy displaying their works. The artists feel like they’re making a difference in our residents’ lives.”

The theme for this year’s National Assisted Living Week, which is Sept. 9-15, is “Art for the Ages.” “Every day that week, starting on Sunday, we’ll have different art-related events for the residents,” says Golibroda. One of this year’s events will be a showing of works that were created by the residents. “Our residents have a lot of ways that they express their creative sides,” Fisher says. “We’re going to have a reception when we open the display so the families can see their creative endeavors, which include things like embroidering, crocheting, knitting, needlework, painting and writing.”

A small sample of Kindred Assisted Living - Avery Crossings' art gallery is showcased above.