2013 NISC Awards: GO! for Arts
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2013 NISC Awards: GO! for Arts

February 19, 2014

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Expressive & Creative Arts


Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior One-Stop,
San Antonio, TX


When the WellMed Charitable Foundation opened the Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior One-Stop in partnership with the City of San Antonio in 2011, it invited nonprofit Bihl Haus Arts (BHA) to decorate the center with artwork made by seniors enrolled in its GO! Arts Program. 

The artwork immediately changed the atmosphere and conversation at the center. Seniors use the art to talk about their health, to frame their life experiences, and to share who they are with others. 

The center partnered with BHA to offer the GO! Arts Program to its 250 seniors. GO! Arts brings professional artists/teachers into the classroom at the center, which serves a predominantly low-income, minority senior population, a group often ignored by the professional art world. The program is an especially important voice for seniors and women of color.

This is an important program in so many ways, and the independent research conducted on the GO! Arts Program by the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA), published in Arts & Heath (June 2012), validates the program. The study showed that 100% of the Goldens who participated in the GO! Arts Program at BHA experienced positive changes in their health--emotional, physical, mental, spiritual—and maintained or increased their level of independence, which may therefore reduce risk factors that drive the need for long-term care. Part II of the UTHSCSA Study is now being conducted at the Lopez Center, and the results will be available in summer 2014.

All GO! Arts teachers have MFA or MA degrees in the Arts, possess extensive teaching experience, and are professional practicing artists. BHA publishes a full-color, biannual 50-page catalog of visual and literary artworks by and testimonials from every Golden. BHA also installs a professionally designed semi-annual exhibit at the center of artworks combined with testimonials and photos of each participant.

The results of the UTHSCSA study demonstrate that participation in the GO! Arts program improves and transforms lives by helping participants become healthier and more self-reliant. Due to the high quality of the program, classes are consistently at capacity.

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Revenue: $42,000; Expense: $35,200; Net: $6,800


Laura Cisneros
Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior One-stop
8353 Culebra Rd
San Antonio,TX


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