Ruth’s table fosters opportunities for people of all ages to engage in creative expression
WHAT WE DO
Ruth's Table is 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.
Participation in the arts — whether as a maker, supporter or observer - enhances the quality of life for individuals, providing opportunities for creative expression, mutually beneficial social connections and personal growth.
For older adults, engagement in multi-disciplinary arts also contributes to their physical, intellectual and emotional well-being, reduces isolation, 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 experiences for visitors of all ages.
In 2009, artist Ruth Asawa donated her dining table, constructed by her husband, to Bethany Center affordable living community.
The table, symbolic of gathering and creativity, formed the start of a creative arts initiative called Ruth’s Table.
Along with her gift, came Ruth's wish: for the table to serve as a hearth for creativity.
We continue 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.