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MANSFIELD - Richland Academy of the Arts has announced an addition to its class offerings for those 60+.

This new project-based class, “Paint and Share,” will take place on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Oct. 29 and will last for six weeks.

In this class, seniors ages 60+ will use their artistic skills in a meaningful way by sharing their personal life story or the story of someone else who has highly impacted their life through painting on the surface of a chair to create a unique and functional piece of visual art. This class is inspired by the award-winning BGSU art showcase, “Sit and Tell.” 

“We hope that this class will allow students to reflect on their own life-changing experiences and be a part of uniting a community of artists through storytelling,” said Marianne Cooper, executive director of Richland Academy of the Arts.

By the end of this six-week class, students will have the opportunity to display their chairs in the Richland Academy Art Showcase. All material expenses are covered for this class by the Dr. Harold and Clara Ballitch Advanced Eye Care and Surgery Center, and a $15 donation will be accepted.

Richland Academy’s 60+ Programs are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. For more information on registering for classes at Richland Academy, or on financial assistance options, call Richland Academy at 419-522-8224 or visit

“Richland Academy… where anyone can explore the artist within,” located at the corner of 4th and Walnut St. was founded in 1991 and is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

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