December 4, 2019 – February 1, 2020
This photo-storytelling project’s ambition is to shift our understanding of aging from the beginning of the end to opening up the possibilities for new beginnings—or Aging With Edge. The AWE Project participants are women and men of different ethnic backgrounds between the ages of 60 and 74 from the greater Washington DC metropolitan area who were nominated by their friends and family as roles models in aging. These individuals are not celebrities; they are our parents, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow metro riders. Yet they differ from many others because they view aging as an empowering transition.
The AWE Project builds on three elements:
- Visual—12 beautiful, professionally done black-and-white portraits invite visitors to powerfully connect with these pioneers in aging and focus not on looking young but on being timeless.
- Storytelling—hour-long interviews with the participants offer insights about making a choice to age on our own terms.
- Virtual—a new Augmented Reality in Arts technology allows visitors to use their smartphones to watch video interviews with the participants who share their thoughts on love, on ways to cultivate a deeper sense of self, and offer advice to the generations coming next.