Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Creative Aging Initiative Classes at Farmstead Arts Registration is Open – Classes start August 11


WHEN: The first free session of classes starts Friday, August 11th from 2 – 3:30pm and will be led by teaching artist, Margaret Fanning.
WHERE: Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ.
FEERegistration is free and open to anyone 55 years of age and older.
For more information, please visit or email

The NJ State Council on the Arts’ new Creative Aging Initiative program recently awarded grant funding to 22 New Jersey organizations. 

Farmstead Arts, the only grant recipient in Somerset County, will be offering a customized art experience to adults aged 55 and older, helping to enhance overall wellness, build community, and diminish issues of isolation. Friends of the KMS Farmstead Board President Leslie Workman is excited that Farmstead Arts was selected to participate. “The CAI grant program is a wonderful opportunity for older adults to explore their creative side. We’re hoping this series of free classes brings new faces to the Farmstead.”

For Margaret Fanning, art has been woven into her life from a young age. Influenced and encouraged by her grandmother, Margaret explored new worlds with the pastels and watercolor paints she found in her grandmother’s studio. Margaret continued to study art and attended Savannah College of Art & Design where she earned her BFA in Painting.

Margaret’s work has been exhibited globally and her art can be found in private collections throughout the U.S.  She has won multiple awards including the Alexander Portfolio Award and the NJ Chapter of the American Artists Professional League Traditional Realism Award.  She currently teaches at the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ and the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ.  For further information and work samples, visit:

This program is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.