Prajakti (Praj) Jayavant combines projects and approaches to art making that are tailored towards the physical and mental needs of each elder. Her work with WoodPark elders is an example of the community’s core values, a dedication to whole-body healing, the Ayurvedic belief that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Jayavant holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has worked with students whose ages span from three to one hundred and three years old. She has been an art teacher in convalescent hospitals, colleges, elementary and special education schools for two decades. Under her tutelage, WoodPark elders develop skills in aesthetics, critical thinking, and hand/ eye coordination through the use of a variety of materials and a healthy dose of fun.