Fine Art for Senior Training (FAST Track) brings classes and techniques to elders of various skill levels. This program is for people that have a passion for art to those that might have an interest, but no previous experience. FAST Track jump-starts advanced age artistic pursuits.
This project was organized by artist Donald Gold from New Castle, PA. It is supported in part by PA Council on the Arts Project Stream funding through regional partner Erie Arts & Culture. FAST Track's impact is an enriched quality of life for seniors and improvement in participants' fine motor skills. FAST Track is held in three locations in NWPA: the Shenango Valley Senior Center in Hermitage, Shenango Valley Community Library in Sharon, and Trinity Living Center in Grove City. Classes, individual instruction, and access to professional art supplies are available at these sites. Participants are also offered opportunities to enter juried shows to exhibit their work.
Joan Vasconi (pictured) is one of the FAST Track participants. She has a solo exhibition opening May 16th at the Shenango Valley Community Library in Sharon.
One participant's perspective on the experience is: “you never know how good you are until you enter an art show.”
Another student said: "I appreciate the fact that each resident gets to take a finished art project to their room every time that we can keep or give to a loved one. I appreciate the 'wow factor' - when the center and my family say 'WOW' to my artwork."
For more information on the FAST Track program in Hermitage, Sharon and Grove City, or how you can get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.