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Let’s face it. I’m an “artistic type” through and through; I love the arts. Fortunately, I’m in good company. So many of our Lenbrook residents share a passion for the arts, frequenting the theater, symphony and museum at The Woodruff Arts Center. I’m very excited that we will celebrate art and life together in a very special way at The Woodruff coming up on Sept. 10.

We’re joining together with members of the community to create an intergenerational, interpretive performance showing how we are all connected, and are all a part of the bigger picture of life. It’s truly a collaborative effort that encourages us to “pARTicipate in the ART of Life” and become a more connected community in the process. Here’s a behind the scenes look at what we’re creating.

Performing in the Rich Theatre Sept. 10 at 3 PM

Our Lenbrook participants, under the guidance of Rosemary Newcott, the Alliance Theatre’s Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth & Families, will share what they’ve produced together this summer through a series of “Collision Project” workshops.

In addition, in the comfort of the Rich Theatre, you'll experience this unique, interactive performance set to the hit song "Lean on Me" and featuring musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Johnny Hibbert and the Atlanta Street Singers; one of the Southeast's finest tenors Sam Hagan; the Lenbrook Singers; the Academy Ballroom Atlanta; and dancers, musicians and visual artists from the Decatur Family YMCA and the Lenbrook and Park Springs communities.

It's free and a part of The Woodruff's Family Fun Festival, from 1 to 4 PM on Sept. 10, which is also National Grandparents Day. You can register at this link:

A Backdrop of Art

While our singers, dancers and musicians have been creating their parts of the performance, so have artists across the community … painting 6  by 9 canvases and decorating them with the most amazing, colorful and creative collection of Monarch butterflies.

By Sept. 10, we will have over a dozen canvases completed and on exhibit as the back drop for our PARTicipate in the Art of Life show.

The Bigger Picture of Life

A lot of the fun in this project is taking place now, as our participants collaborate and create their “art” together. More than 30 different workshops are taking place, each creating their parts of the bigger picture of life.

The performance itself is an unveiling – revealing each group’s creation in music, song, dance, drama and art. My hope is that this experience will also bring about a deeper sense of connection and community for those who are coming together to make it all happen. Come join us for this unique celebration of art and life! 

Special Note: I’d like to extend a very special thanks to The Woodruff Arts Center, Rosemary Newcott of the Alliance Theatre, the Decatur YMCA, LeadingAge Georgia, and of course Lenbrook, who have all helped to make this project a reality through their support. My thanks also go out to our local Atlanta performers and community participants who are contributing their talents through this performance.