The Passions Project

Next date: Wednesday, June 07, 2023 | 08:00 AM to Thursday, August 31, 2023 | 11:59 PM


The Passions Project is a photography exhibition by Heidi Wagner featuring 20 portraits of local, older adults and highlighting the art of living with passion and purpose. The portrait series captures the essence of older adults doing what they love to do – from painting, to theater, to community service – many older adults participate in activities they feel passionate about. Wagner uses her camera to show a new view of aging and the importance of living with passion and purpose, making visible what is often unseen; a new view of aging that includes vitality, independence and meaning.

“When you see someone doing what they love to do, you no longer see their age, you see their passion,” -Heidi Wagner 

“There is a direct and very significant correlation between healthy aging, being engaged, seeing positive imagery of yourself and living your life to the fullest,” said Heidi Wagner. “When we can demonstrate, through images, older adults living their best life, it helps change the perception and the reality of what our older adult life can and will look like,” said Heidi Wagner. “The Passions Project captures older adults doing what they love and demonstrating the passions that represent them living their fullest lives. Equally important, the project aims to generate discussion around ageism in society and to use art to reflect the beauty of purpose in individuals of all ages.”

Heidi Wagner started her series in 2011 with an emphasis on something all humans have in common - passions - serves to break down barriers. Increasing realistic representation of older adults and engaging intergenerational conversation about passions can improve societal perceptions of aging and create community and connection. 


  • Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 12:00 AM - Thursday, August 31, 2023 | 11:59 PM


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