Description & History

Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) affirms the creative potential of older adults and upholds their time-honored role as bearers of history and culture by using the power of the arts to transmit their stories and life experiences for the benefit of all generations.

As a pioneer of the Living History Arts methodology, ESTA has served over 30,000 youth, adults, and elders, nationally and internationally, in the last 30 years, reaching more than 2,100 individuals annually in New York City alone, through our high-quality arts programs in schools and community centers, Pearls of Wisdom performances, and training programs.

ESTA values work that sheds light on stories that might otherwise go untold.

ESTA advocates for equal arts access on behalf of older adults and the artists who challenge traditional notions about how people experience aging.

ESTA strives to foster the idea of healthy aging by focusing on the potential of the individual through creative expression.

ESTA supports the creation and presentation of the elders' art and the opportunity they have for strengthening community relationships.

ESTA acknowledges elders as artists and respects them as creative individuals.

ESTA works to bridge communication and build relationships between young and old through innovative arts programs that offer students a positive perspective of the elderly. 

About the organization

Elders Share the Arts

Jennie Smith-Peers
Executive Director
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