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The social services nonprofit Arts for the Aging is one of 15 finalists for The Renewal Awards held by The Atlantic and sponsored by Allstate.
The Renewal Awards acknowledge organizations that lead change within their community. Arts for the Aging was selected from nearly 9,300 nominations. The annual award is in its fourth year and now allows for public voting until March 1.
Arts for the Aging works to connect older adults and care partners through drawing, painting, music, art history, creative writing and storytelling, expressive arts, poetry, dance, musical theater, collage and mixed media, theater and museum trips.
The organization serves the greater Washington, D.C., area and helps prevent isolation in older adults by sparking their imagination and spreading joy. This leads to better health in these individuals by enhancing their cognitive and physical capabilities.
Arts for the Aging supports an array of older-adult environments such as adult day centers, community centers, senior centers, low-income housing centers, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and museums and cultural institutions.
Each of five winners of a Renewal Award will receive a $20,000 grant from Allstate, which will allow them to continue their work in the community. Winners will be announced on April 3 in New York City at The Atlantic’s Renewal Summit.
“Allstate makes The Renewal Awards possible because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities,” Stacy Sharpe, senior vice president for corporate relations at Allstate, told the Maryland Business Daily.
“We also know from the vast number of applicants that the need is great—but so too is the creativity and diversity among change makers across the country. We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger,” she said.