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March 3, 2016

Art created in the Words of Wisdom programWords of Wisdom: Creative Aging Program at the Chandler Sunset Library

Raising families and navigating careers often leaves little or no time to engage in artistic pursuits. Then, once you reach the age where you can really enjoy these hobbies and pastimes, you may not know where to start. Let the Chandler Public Library be your guide as you start a journey of self-discovery.

Senior adults, ages 50 and older, are invited to register for a free series of interdisciplinary workshops at the Sunset Library for incorporating memories, collage, art-making and public exhibition. The workshop series is part of the Creative Aging in America’s Libraries Project, and it is facilitated by Tessa Windt, a local teaching artist and Creative Aging specialist.

At the beginning, participants will develop a phrase or sentence that has inspired, motivated or supported them in their own lives. The content of the words is intended to be the stepping off point for creating visual, mixed media artworks.

Attendees will participate in eight weekly sessions and a culminating event. These sequential workshops will be held each Thursday, March 31 through May 19, from 9-11 a.m. A public exhibition will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28.

This Creative Aging program is free, but registration is required and is limited to 20 participants who will be expected to attend all sessions. Register online at, or call 480-782-2800 for more information.

The “Words of Wisdom” series was made possible by the nonprofit organization Lifetime Arts, Inc. It was selected to engage Chandler Library users artistically, and to inspire creative works based on memories and remembrances. These workshops offer a highly engaging opportunity for participants to learn from a respected arts educator of the highest caliber. Working through this process with Tessa Windt will be hands-on, creatively fulfilling, and ultimately, very rewarding.

Creative Aging in America’s Libraries is supported by a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in collaboration with Lifetime Arts, Inc., AARP Foundation, American Library Association and Westchester Library System.

  • About Lifetime Arts, Inc.
Founded in 2008, Lifetime Arts is a nonprofit organization that serves organizations and individuals nationally by promoting the creation, expansion and sustainability of professionally conducted arts programs for older adults. Lifetime Arts provides training for artists and senior-service providers; they also maintain the Creative Aging Teaching Artists Roster, a free, searchable database available to libraries and senior-services, arts and community organizations interested in expanding their programming to reach older adults. For more information, visit
  • About Tessa Windt
Tessa is a practicing visual artist who has been highly involved in the implementation of Creative Aging workshops around the state and country. Tessa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University. Words of Wisdom is a project developed by Tessa Windt in partnership with Mesa Arts Center's Creative Aging Program.