Jun 05

Join me and the Regional Arts Commission as we discuss “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity” Friday, June 7

Join me and the Regional Arts Commission as they discuss “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity”


Please join me and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) for an engaging conversation and panel discussion with local scholars, professional artists and medical experts as they explore the connections between art and healthy aging this Friday, June 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at RAC (see address below). “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity” will focus on the benefits of living a creative life and the programs available for seniors who are interested in furthering their work as artists.


The free event comes as a special presentation of RAC’s “Hal Poth: Off the Wall” exhibition. Over the span of more than 80 years, Hal Poth produced thousands of pieces of art, creating a majority in his retirement years. Poth recognized the value of art making and encouraged people to pursue the arts and reap the benefits at any age.


Guests will be able to explore the exhibition and purchase Hal Poth’s artwork during the event. All proceeds benefit local nonprofit arts organizations. Admission is free.


What:  “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity,” a panel discussion exploring the connections between art and healthy aging


Who:   Moderator:

  • Brian D. Carpenter, Ph.D., professor of Psychological & Brain Science and faculty fellow at Village Residential Community and faculty lead for Educational Initiatives at Washington University’s Center for Aging.



  • Lynn Friedman Hamilton, executive director, Maturity and Its Muse



  • Philip Dennis, MD, a general practice physician in Wood River and East St. Louis with more than 62 years of diverse medical experience, including mental health. Dennis also trained at People’s Art Center, where he specialized in sculpture.
  • Sun Smith-Foret, MSW, MFA, a professional studio artist, teacher and independent curator with experience in textile construction, quilts, sculpture, functional and amuletic objects
  • Betsy Solomon, MA, a 25-year veteran in nonprofit work with experience in older adult programming and services. Solomon has also held teaching and curatorial positions with the Saint Louis Art Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park.


Where: The Studio at the Regional Arts Commission

             6128 Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63112


When: Friday, June 7

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.



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