Young at Art: One Maryland One Book Club


Thursday, December 14 • 4:30PM-6:00PM • Free, but registration is required and limited to adults 55 and older

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the second in its second Young at Art series, workshops designed for creativity seekers ages 55 and older.

What is Young at Art?

Art integration at every age promotes well-being and a sense of community. In Allegany County, more than 20% of our residents are age 65 and older - studies show that older adults who participate in creative activities perceive lower levels of anxiety and depression, fewer negative emotions, higher self-esteem and perceive their lives as more meaningful.

In our first pilot program, Young at Art participants explored four different art experiences - watercolor, literary arts, drawing and photography. With a second generous round of funding, we kicked off the first workshop with book-making, an activity that encourages sketching and drawing and makes good use of our hands, important to thwarting aging diseases like arthritis and stiffness.

Our second workshop explores the literary side, joining thousands of Marylanders who read the Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book, There There.

Tommy Orange's book explores the complexities of family, violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.

Participants will receive a copy of the book free of charge, but space is limited to 14 readers. Then, readers will meet for a guided exploration of the book and its themes with FSU Professor and Director of the Center for Literary Arts, Jennifer Browne.

About the Community Trust Foundation

The Community Trust Foundation is comprised of generous benefactors in our community who give us opportunities to improve and enhance the place we live and the lives of those living in it. Special thanks for their generous support of the Young at Art program.


About the Instructor

Jennifer Browne falls in love easily with other people’s dogs. She is the author of Whisper Song, a micro-chapbook from tiny wren publishing. Her poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in the Poem for Cleveland anthology; the Women of Appalachia Project's Women Speak, 15th Anniversary Volume; Tiny Seed Journal, South Broadway Ghost Society, One Sentence Poems, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She teaches at Frostburg State University, where she serves as Director of the Center for Literary Arts.

 The Young at Art program is free to anyone age 55 and older, but registration is required and space is limited.

To register, please contact or 301.777.2787.

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