Everyone Who Lives Here Is an Artist

Video: Apartments for older adults become an artists’ colony

Part of the Vitality Arts Special Report

What happens when growing older becomes synonymous with growing creatively? People who were invisible become visible, says Tim Carpenter, founder and executive director of EngAge, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to changing the way people think about aging by changing the way older people live.

Carpenter had an idea that retirement communities should be more like college — a beginning instead of an ending. His vision became a reality in the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. At these affordable senior apartments, the residents are part of a vibrant community that Carpenter and other proponents of the artful aging movement believe will change the very nature of aging.

This inspiring video, produced by Aroha Philanthropies, shines a spotlight on the project.

By Heidi Raschke
Heidi Raschke is a longtime journalist and editor who previously was the Executive Editor of Mpls-St. Paul Magazine and Living and Learning Editor at Next Avenue. Currently, she runs her own content strategy and development consultancy.@heidiraschke

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