Arts for the Aging (AFTA) ( is a nationally recognized organization engaging older adults and their care partners in health improvement and life enhancement through regular participation in the arts. Led by a trained faculty of professional artists, AFTA’s therapeutic interventions focus especially on those experiencing aging-related physical and cognitive impairments.

Headquartered: Rockville

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

  • $250 partially underwrites teaching-artist fees for a multidisciplinary program.
  • $1,000 supports the creation of an arts program customized for older adults in a community setting.
  • $10,000 supports multiple arts-based programs for older adults who are socially isolated and might not otherwise have access to high-quality arts experiences.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • One day/weekly: Assist with office administration, events and programs.
  • Internships