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Exploring Strengths and Challenges of Aging thru Improvisational Drama- 2024

January 23 - March 12

Exploring the Strengths and Challenges of Aging through Improvisational Drama was an 8- week workshop facilitated by teaching artist, and AFHSM co-chair, Hedda Matza- Haughton, culminating in an interactive workshop and showcase open to the community held at the Ringling Museum, who sponsored the program. The wit and wisdom, challenges and strengths of aging was explored during the sessions bringing out the creativity of the seniors who participated in the workshops. Some of the participants after completing the program have written below their thoughts and impressions of their experience along with photos of their time. This program was so successful that Ringling Museum soon plans to offer this program once again to seniors in our community.

Participant: Sherry
“After attending and participating in Hedda’s “Strengths and Challenges of Aging”, I found myself wanting more of this type of learning. The insight I received from realizing all of us have basically the same fears, frustrations and questions was very comforting. You might classify it as “misery loves company” but to understand that the issues of aging are a challenge we all share in some shape or another. In exploring these challenges, we discovered strengths we didn’t know we possessed until they were brought out during our explorations of our selves. Hedda’s bright, enchanting way of guiding us was the spark that lit all of us up. Being challenged to react in an improvisational way has continued to assist me in my personal life both by being much quicker to respond and to respond with intent. The four other people in this group that I personally know agreed with these thoughts. We all cannot wait for Hedda to start another one.

Participant: Judy Wysnewski
“I joined the 8-week workshop "Exploring the Strengths and Challenges of Aging" through Improvisational Drama which was facilitated by Hedda Matza-Haughton.  Though not sure what to expect, I found this experience to be not only fun, but a life-line to understanding the experience of aging. I highly recommend this workshop for all seniors.”


January 23
March 12


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243 United States
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