People making art in a Vitality Arts class at the de Young

de Young, 2023. Photograph by Andria Lo

This community exhibition highlights artworks created by adults age 55 and over from our 2023 Vitality Arts program. In partnership with local organizations and community centers, we offered seven art classes, each eight weeks long, with the goal of cultivating creativity and social connection. Whether experienced art makers or taking their first art class since childhood, participants learned from professional artists and developed new skills in a variety of media through experimentation and practice. The artworks on view showcase participants’ stories and explorations in self-expression.


Instructor teaching a student in Vitality Arts program

Vitality Arts: Connect + Create

This short video highlights our Vitality Arts program, which offers eight-week-long art classes for participants age 55 and over. Hear from students and teachers about their experiences developing new skills, cultivating creativity, and being in community. 

Exhibition organization

Thank you to our community partners and teaching artists!

Community partner organizations

Chinatown Community Development Center
Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center
Mission Neighborhood Center
Openhouse + On Lok Community Day Services LGBTQ+ “Club 75” Program 
On Lok 30th Street Senior Center
San Francisco Recreation and Parks 

Artists + educators

Soad Kader
Jun Jun Li
Josué Rojas
Verónica Rojas
Hitoshi Shigeta
Jennie Smith 
Fumiyo Yoshikawa


The Vitality Arts Project For Art Museums, a national cohort of 25 museums, was made possible by a generous grant from E. A. Michelson Philanthropy.

Currently on view