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An Artistic Blending of the Generations

They risked their lives to help release American Prisoners of War, helped solve international disputes, led programs for the United Nations, and been trailblazing female military navigators. And along the way, they’ve captured the imagination of the next generation.

The lives of 30 of our amazing residents recently served as the inspiration for a unique work of art, created by gifted young student artists.

Atlantic Shores was proud to partner with eighth-grade students from Old Donation School in Virginia Beach as a key element of their yearlong “Capstone Project.” Over the course of the year, students paired up in small groups, based on similar interests, to identify an issue in the community, and work towards resolving it.

One student group was interested in the dynamics surrounding the aging of our population. For the “social” aspect of their cross-generational project, they wanted to explore the legacies of area seniors through socialization, and capture them through the use of visual arts.

A multi-generational partnership

Students were paired with our intriguing residents for personal, face-to-face interviews. Afterward, they and their fellow students creatively interpreted an impactful scene from each resident’s life into a single, oversized painting, weaving all the stories together.

On June 12, the painting was officially unveiled for the first time in a special ceremony at Atlantic Shores, where our residents were able to see how their stories came to life through the eyes of the students.

This beautiful painting will soon be on display in a hallway gallery space in our clubhouse, and later, on rotational display in the school, local libraries and community centers.