Ruth’s Table fosters opportunities for people of all ages to engage in creative expression.
WHAT WE DO
Ruth's Table is an arts nonprofit committed to increasing access to creative opportunities for older adults and adults with disabilities, providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for creative expression and crossgenerational dialogue.
Ruth's Table brings diverse interests and age groups together through a dynamic combination of rotating gallery exhibitions, creative projects and community initiatives.
Participation in the arts — whether as a maker, supporter or observer — enhances the quality of life for individuals, providing opportunities for self expression, social engagement and personal growth.
For older adults, engagement in multi-disciplinary arts also contributes to their physical, intellectual and emotional well-being, reduces isolation, stimulates cognitive functioning, promotes personal growth and active lifestyle.
WHO WE SERVE
Our core audience of older adults and adults with disabilities are low- to very low-income; 85% are immigrants; 90% are frail; 57% are women. The average age of our older adult participants is 85.
Ruth’s Table actively collaborates with local schools and universities, community partners, artists and makers to bring engaging and inspiring opportunities for visitors of all ages.
In 2009, our namesake artist Ruth Asawa donated her dining table, constructed by her husband, architect Albert Lanier, to Bethany Center affordable living community.
The table, symbolic of gathering, community and creativity, formed the start of an arts initiative called Ruth’s Table.
Along with her gift, came Ruth's wish: for the table to serve as a hearth for creativity.
Ruth’s Table continues to strive to foster social connections and positive change through creative programming and build an environment where participatory arts are integral to life in our community.