Resident Art & Writing Program


Art & Writing Program


"The artist is not a special kind of person;
rather each person is a special kind of artist."
Ananda Coomaraswany


Thank you to our Art & Writing Sponsor:

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Be a Part of the LeadingAge Ohio
2021 Virtual Art & Writing Show

While an in-person art and writing show is not possible this year, LeadingAge Ohio would like to showcase the talent of our members' residents/clients in 2021, as well as take the opportunity to share the stories behind their creativity. This year’s Art & Writing Show will be held virtually through the Gather Voices platform, with submissions highlighted on the LeadingAge Ohio website.


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Timberline Falls, CO
Don Parker
Kendal at Oberlin


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Bobbi Dolan
Family Collage
LeadingAge Ohio

Residents/clients can submit on their own, or work with family, friends, Activity Directors or other staff to submit their works.

There are two easy steps to submit:
  1. The resident/client or helper should email a picture (jpg) of the art piece or writing work file. Be sure to include resident's/client’s full name, community, email (or the email of the helper), and title of the piece to Bobbi Dolan at
  2. Follow the link below and follow the prompts to create (or help the resident/client create) a short video that describes the inspiration and story behind the creation.

Click here to create the artist's video for this year's show.

The video can be very simple. It takes about 5-10 minutes to create and submit the video, and works on any smartphone or laptop with a camera. The link will walk the resident/client or helper through the recording steps. If needed, multiple takes are an option.

Video submissions are due by Monday, October 4, 2021. Videos will be shared on the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing portion of the website. Early submissions (before July 23) may be shared at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show from August 4-6 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

If you have any questions contact Bobbi Dolan at We look forward to seeing your videos!



  • Art piece or written work needs to have been created in the past year/during pandemic (2020-2021)

  • Cooperative art accepted

  • Limit one submission per person or cooperative group

  • Written works must be double- spaced typing, maximum of six (6) pages, font size of 10 or larger, pages numbered

  • Artist/Author must be/or have been a LeadingAge Ohio members' resident/client


Some examples of artist submissions include:

  • Written works: Fictional prose, such as a short story or essay; non-fiction prose, such as an essay, issue or brief based on true events or biographies; and poetry. 

  • Fine Art: Painting and pastels; drawings, charcoal, pencil, calligraphy, etc.; 3D works of any material including clay, metal, stained glass; woodworking and carving; photography; computer art. 

  • Fiber/Jewelry Art: Needle arts, such as counted cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery; wearable art, such as jackets, sweaters, dresses, hats, doll clothes, gowns, etc.; woven arts, such as knitting, tatting, crochet, and weaving; quilted works, including bed covers and decorative wall hangings, clothing, pillows; and jewelry. 

  • Cooperative Art: Works created by groups of 2 or more individuals, such as craft or quilting groups.

  • Special Art: Works created by individuals or groups with cognitive challenges, from any category. Artists may receive assistance or use a kit.

Visit the LeadingAge Ohio Flickr page to view some past Art & Writing submissions.


 To learn more about the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing program, contact:



LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Coordinator
Danielle Paluscsak
Phone: 216-581-2900



LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Contact
Bobbi Dolan
LeadingAge Ohio
Phone: 614-545-9025



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