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Commissioners Approve Pilot Senior Services Arts Program Expansion | Print |

Arts & Culture and Senior Services Departments collaborating to provide more
arts classes for seniors

Fulton County Commissioners approved the 2018 Budget on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 with $40,000 allocated for “Living Out Loud, a pilot program designed to provide additional Arts and Culture programs for seniors.   Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington Jr. initiated the development of the program, which provides 10 weeks of classes for seniors.

“We want to use our facilities and staff effectively and efficiently to expand the County’s efforts to meet the needs of our senior population that is burgeoning not only in Fulton County, but also throughout the state,” said Arrington.

Senior Services research indicates that by 2030, one in five Georgians will be over the age of 60. Commissioner Arrington added, “I commend our Arts and Culture Director, Lionell Thomas, and Senior Services Director, Dr. Pamela Roshell, for their partnership to provide more Art programs to Fulton County seniors.”   Commissioner Arrington is the Executive Sponsor of Fulton County’s Strategic Priority Area, All People’s Lives are Culturally Enriched.

The pilot program will allow Arts & Culture and Senior Services to determine the demand for a continued partnership to serve senior center participants. This collaboration is one of the many strategies to expand access to classes and programming currently offered at senior multipurpose facilities.

The South Fulton and Southwest Arts Centers will offer eight classes (five at South Fulton and 3 at Southwest).   They include Theater, Inner Healing Stretch, Pottery, Dance, Visual Arts and Poetry, Creative Movement, Jewelry Making, and Community Chorus.

The classes support the concepts of “creative and artful aging” as well as ‘life as ‘life-long learning.”    Customer satisfaction will be evaluated to determine long-term strategies to promote healthy aging in seniors and enhance their physical and mental functions through creative expression.

“Living Out Loud” begins March 20, 2018 and ends May 8, 2018.   Once the outcomes are determined, Fulton County Commissioners will consider potential expansion of the program.

For more information about the program, call 404-612-5780alt or 404-613-6000alt.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Department of Senior Services at (404) 613-7944alt. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.


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