A new program for ages 55 and older will soon be launched locally with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and a grant offered by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with EA Michelson Philanthropy.
Let’s Weave, a free textile class, will begin September 15 and run until October 20 at Seniors and Family Services on Main Street. Under the guidance of Indiana Artisan Peggy Taylor, participants will learn to weave and even dye textiles.
“We’ll be doing simple weaving and dyeing during the program,” Taylor said, adding that the class will run from 10 a.m. to noon and each class will build on the previous one. “When the projects are complete, they will be on display at Seniors and Family Services.”
Taylor said she and 25 other performers in the state received training on how to run the programs, which are different in each location.
“There are places that work with several types of artists. Some are visual artists and some are movement artists or textile artists,” Taylor said. “We want to teach skills and provide experiences that people are passionate about. »
No previous weaving experience is necessary to participate. In fact, while the course is about lifelong learning, it’s also about engaging older adults.
“We’re really excited to be able to offer this opportunity here in Washington. Due to the pandemic, fewer programs have been offered to seniors. We want to kick-start them and inspire people to re-engage,” said Cathy Jones from the Generations Area 13 agency on aging and disability “We were one of three to receive the grants. Social interaction is so important and over the past two years so many people have been socially isolated.”
Limited places are available for the program and caregivers are also welcome. Those interested in the weaving class should contact Seniors and Family Services to reserve their spot.
“We have 18 spaces available,” said Judy Bullock, operations manager for seniors and family services, adding that COVID safety protocols will be in place. “Just call us at 812-254-1881.”