Resident Art & Writing Program


Art & Writing Program


"Every human is an artist.
And this is the main art that we have:
the creation of our story."
Don Miguel Ruiz

Organize your residents to participate in the 2020 LeadingAge Ohio annual Art & Writing Program! Five District Shows will be held across the state this Spring, with all winning entries progressing to the State Show during the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference, August 25 - 27, 2020 in Columbus. Entry is free to all our member residents and clients.

NOW is the time to encourage your artists and authors to prepare an entry (or two or three!) for the 2020 Program. Fuel enthusiasm so it can spread and involve everyone! Both novice and experienced writers and artists may submit entries. Two or more persons may work together on a project and enter one of our cooperative categories.


General Program Information

All Residents of LeadingAge Ohio member facilities are invited to participate! Award winners from each District Exhibition will show their work at our Statewide Show to be held in conjunction with the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Resident Celebration Day at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, August 25-27, 2020.


2019 Statewide Art & Writing Show Highlights

Below are some highlights from the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Art & Writing Show.  Thank you to all of our participants!


2019 State A&W Show 1   2019 State A&W Show 2 

2019 State A&W Show 3   2019 State A&W Show 4


Click here to see the listing of all the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Art Winners by category.


Click here to view more pictures from the Statewide Art & Writing Show via Flickr.


2019 Statewide Writing Winners

Below are the First, Second, Third Place, and Honorable Mention Winners from the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Art & Writing Show.  To read the winning entry click on the title. Thank you to all of our participants!


Cooperative Category

First Place:  "An Adventure with Grandma" by Kirby/Morris Writers of Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community

Second Place: "Flowers" by Woodview Writers from Bethany Village

Third Place: "What Easter Means to Me" by Lutheran Home Creative Writing Group from Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve


Poetry Category

First Place: "Oh I Will Tell You Never" by Trevalynne Williams of Copeland Oaks

Second Place: "Where I Am From" by Margaret Fissinger of Laurel Lake Retirement Community

Third Place: "Things Known" by Karen Heaster of Twin Towers Senior Living Community

Honorable Mention: "Apron Lore" by Ruth Naylor of Maple Crest of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio


Fiction Category

First Place: "What Counts" by Marilyn Schroeder of Willow Brook at Delaware Run

Second Place: "Wet Behind the Ears" by Karen Heaster of Twin Towers Senior Living Community

Third Place: "Canal Park" by Don Parker of Kendal at Oberlin


Non-Fiction Category

First Place: "Scars" by John B. Tonkin of Otterbein Senior Life Lebanon

Second Place: "My Early Life of Crime and Other Stories" by Linda Stapleton of Green Hills Community

Third Place: "First Impression" by Alicia Nordan of Laurel Lake Retirement Community

Honorable Mention: "G.P.S. - 70's Style" by George Alexander of Willow Brook at Delaware Run



Regional Show Information/Details

District Show information coming soon!



 To learn more about the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing program, contact:



LeadingAge Ohio Statewide Coordinator
Danielle Paluscsak
Phone: 216-581-2900



LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Contact
Bobbi Dolan
LeadingAge Ohio
Phone: 614-545-9025



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