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Hello Friends of The Geezer Gallery!

Greetings from your friends at The Geezer Gallery. On behalf of our staff and board, we hope this message finds you and those you care about in good health.
The diverse community of low-income older adults has been especially hard hit by COVID-19. This is a heartbreaking time for all of us as so many of the people we care about are at high risk or have become ill. We are strong advocates for the necessary social isolation required to preserve the health of our program participants. We look forward to delivering our stellar, evidence-based therapeutic arts programs in person as soon as the health crisis ends.

 

This is an especially difficult time for those we serve. They have come to count on visits from our trained facilitators for vital social engagement. As the founder of The Geezer Gallery, I can assure you that it is through the personal connection we make with each participant that makes our program work so well. Research also backs this up. Active participation in professional arts programming has been demonstrated to improve quality of life and promote lasting physical, mental, and emotional health in older adults.
Over the last few weeks, our facilitators delivered boxes of art projects to the activity directors at each residential facility that we serve. Our goal was to keep the creativity flowing, even though our facilitators cannot be there to serve as supportive friends and guides to our participants. Regrettably, our dedicated staff cannot conduct programs because the senior residences and centers are closed to them until it is again safe for them to conduct our programs in person.
 
Your past support has made it possible for The Geezer Gallery to provide life-enhancing therapeutic arts programs to thousands of low-income older adults in the Portland area. With your gift to the Impact Fund today, we will be able to serve our community at full capacity as soon as we are able to return to normal operations. By supporting the Impact Fund, we will have the flexibility to enable our staff to return to senior facilities when we are ready, and to cover our ongoing operational costs in the meantime. You may give online now, or contact Marcia Director, executive director, for more information on other ways to give to the Impact Fund. You can email Marcia at marcia@geezergallery.com.
 
We appreciate you and thank you for caring about the deserving older adults we serve through The Geezer Gallery.
Amy Henderson
Founder and President of the Board

 

p.s. Foundations and corporate sponsors have provided much of our funding in the past. We acted swiftly when the crisis struck, and have many new proposals pending for operational support. However, with steeper competition now due to increased need, we anticipate that our grant funding will be reduced for the foreseeable future. To fill this anticipated gap in our need, we turn to you today to support the Impact Fund at the Geezer Gallery.

 

 

NEW VIDEOs:
Check these newly released videos about the work we do in our community, and showing the work of our senior artists in ‘Art Vault.’

Capturing Time Workshop Video
Art Vault Video
Voices Uncensored Workshop Video


Capturing Time Workshop Video

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Geezer Gallery

www.geezergallery.com    
contact@geezergallery.com

Executive Director contact: Marcia Director marcia@geezergallery.com

 

Corporate Offices:

Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Box 170, Portland, OR 97210

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We have implemented precautionary changes for the safety of our clients, staff and volunteers.
The Geezer Gallery is closely monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19, which has been declared a global pandemic, and we share your concern in these uncertain times. Because our population is at higher risk, we’re following the recommendations of the Oregon Health Authority and have taken steps to do our part in preventing the virus’ spread.

  • We are following social distancing guidance from the CDC and OHA and cancelling events that would gather groups of more than 10

For more information, please check the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Celebrating Seniors

The Geezer Gallery is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to showcasing master-level senior artists and providing therapeutic arts programs to the local senior community, giving voice through art to seniors!

Why DONATE?

Your donation will help the Geezer Gallery continue its mission and valuable programs for our community. Research reveals that therapeutic art can have a significant impact on the health, well-being, and social engagement of seniors. We have numerous examples of how program participants react to our programs!




 

 

Thank you for the generosity of our individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors! Together we are creating a healthy and happier world for our elders.

GEEZER
Several residents at Emerson House for patients with Alzheimer’s, have been overjoyed with professionally led art classes by our program facilitators. One resident excitedly tells his family daily about his last art project, how much fun he has in class, and how wonderful it is to work with our therapeutic art programs. Another resident has difficulty communicating verbally, and it is sometimes hard for him to connect with others in a social setting. When he began to attend a therapeutic art program, we instantly noticed the short and long-term benefits it gave him. He was able to speak coherently during class and focus on his art while creating beautiful masterpieces! A former art teacher, who is a resident, attends every class. He enjoys the chance to be the student, share his artwork, and give ideas of his own with our art program.
These are just a few of the success stories we see with involvement in this wonderful program. These lives are enhanced by art! Your donation will help us continue these programs that enrich the lives of our senior artists, their families and our community.




 

 

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Exhibit at Artist Repertory Theatre

Exhibiting and Marketing

A key program of The Geezer Gallery is exhibiting and marketing juried artwork created by artists age 60 and above. The Geezer Gallery currently is collaborating with Artists Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), Montgomery Park, and numerous locations. Please see the Exhibitions page for more information.

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