The Slobodkina Adult and Senior Lecture Program
Arts education for the elderly can be more than a pastime. The Slobodkina for Adults and Seniors Lecture Program offers older citizens an opportunity to discover untapped potential and, oftentimes, a renewed meaning of life.
Esphyr Slobodkina was a multifaceted artist who applied her singular creative vision to a variety of pursuits, including textile and clothing design. It’s no coincidence that the abstract shapes in her paintings echo those of dress patterns: sewing, millinery, and fabric design were constant activities from her childhood and throughout her adult life. Likewise, many of Slobodkina’s textile designs reflect her modernist aesthetic, with bold swaths of color and geometric patterning.
The Slobodkina for Adults and Seniors Lecture Program is a compact but enlightening look at the artist’s life & art. Through a slideshow presentation and mini‐exhibition examples of Slobodkina’s paintings, clothing, cloth wall‐hangings, polychrome, and handmade accessories will be chronologically displayed (approximately 40‐60’ of wall space).
Specifically geared towards strengthening adult and senior citizens’ self‐perception, the program, presented by Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer, presents the story of Slobodkina’s escape from Russia, immigration to the United States, and rise from poverty to recognition for her contribution to American art. Slobodkina’s work ethic continued well into her 90s. She purchased and “Esphyrized” her last home at age 89. In addition to producing sculpture and paintings, she also completed an addendum to her 1100‐page autobiography at age 91. Slobodkina traveled to numerous speaking engagements in her late 80s and early 90s and became an inspiration to hundreds of seniors.
A key goal of this lecture is to illuminate the often‐overlooked capacity of adults and seniors to be productive contributors to society later in life.
With an emphasis placed on Slobodkina’s multitudinous late‐life achievements, this program endeavors to help older citizens acknowledge that they can still play a significant role in society. Few programs for seniors can address issues of the elderly with this level of positivism. By raising seniors’ expectations of their potential, the program provides a level of renewed personal dignity and sense of worth.
Program Time: 80 minutes (can be modified) with a 15 minute break in the middle.
Program Participation: Up to 150 participants.
- Exhibition of paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, and dolls
- Slideshow presentation
- Handouts and materials
For booking information, contact:
Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer, President