Creative Arts

Art, theater, music—whether as a participant or a spectator, the arts enrich our lives.


Visual Arts 

No matter prior experience or education, all Goodwin House residents are welcome to delve into art classes and activities. Each person is encouraged to build on his or her own special knowledge and inner strengths. Often, Goodwin House residents discover a talent they never knew they had!

A light-filled, well-equipped studio with a full-time director beckons you to pick up a paintbrush or a pencil. Or try a new medium, maybe glass fusion or copper enameling. Visiting artists, Goodwin House exhibitions and trips to art museums enhance the creative experience.

For many people, retirement is about exploring new interests and discovering new talents. At Goodwin House Alexandria, the art studio hums with the excitement of people doing just that.

Among the goals of the creative arts program is to encourage each individual to build on his or her talents and strengths. The opportunities include—

  • Painting, pottery and other regularly scheduled classes
  • Special workshops and programs with visiting artists
  • Trips to art museums and galleries
  • Exhibitions at Goodwin House and in the community

Performing Arts

For people at all stages of life, music is a balm for the soul. Music, along with theater and other performing arts, are an important part of the Goodwin House experience.

Residents participate in a professional chorus or theater group, whether as actors, stage designers or in other ways. The annual Arts Festival is a focus, but all year long, the performing arts thrive.

Visiting performers often grace the stage at Goodwin House. And when the performers are not at Goodwin House, we go to them, with trips to the Schlesinger Center at nearby Northern Virginia Community College, the Kennedy Center and other live-arts venues.

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