The Takeaway: Hospital Lets Artists Paint, Perform to Pay Medical Bills

A Bronx hospital is launching a program that lets artistic patients knock $40 off their medical bills for every hour they spend providing some other “creative activity or service” at the hospital. The Lincoln Art Exchange, at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, is essentially a bartering program where actors, musicians, dancers, writers and visual artists can trade their talents for medical care.

The Takeaway: AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display in Washington, D.C.

In 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was started to memorialize Americans who died of AIDS. Portions of the quilt’s now 48,000 panels–hand sewn by family and friends of those lost to the disease-will be displayed throughout Washington, D.C. during the month of July.

The Takeaway: Love, Joy and Alzheimer’s On Display in New Portraits

Too many pictures of Alzheimer’s patients present dim nursing home hallways or grim hospital corridors, lives of isolation and unwitting apathy. Cathy Greenblat aims to show another, brighter side of the disease, in her new book, Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently, and accompanying photo exhibition in New York.

Seeing the Real Beijing: The Hutongs – the Old Fashioned Way

For the last leg of our Trans-Siberian railway journey, we spent almost three days in Beijing.  There we enjoyed seeing the city’s modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, colorful shopping districts and first-class hotels. Towards the end of our visit, our guide reminded us that we had one more urban adventure on the agenda – a visit to Beijing’s Hutong district aboard a bicycle rickshaw.  I wasn’t sure what more there was to see in the city, so I looked at him …

Do you take pictures to remember?

Two recent photography essays have delved deeply into that most ephemeral yet integral part of ourselves: our memories. One of these, from the clever vision of Tom Hussey, is a moving set of portraits of people reguarding their youngselves in their reflection. As an essay, it hits deeply at something we do everyday. It also allows us to discuss with ourselves how we look at ourselves in the mirror. Each reflected image incorporates an element of the person as they …

Calling All Artists!

Are you an artist? Do you create beautiful paintings in pastel, oil, acrylic, or watercolor? Well you’re invited to enter this year’s AARP Foundation Calendar Contest. The 2012 theme is “Life Without Boundaries.” The original paintings highlighted will show that life doesn’t stop when you get older, rather, opportunities for exploration and freedom become even sweeter thanks to the accumulated years of wisdom, experience, and confidence. Artists are requested to submit one image; submission suggestions could include taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an …