Minnesota Conservatory for the arts (MCA) is preparing to begin the second in a series of three unique 8-week workshops for older adults ages 55+ and youth 7-12 years in collaboration with the Winona Friendship Center. Wednesdays, June 6-August 1, 12:00-1:30pm community members who are 55+ and 7-12 years old are invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Within the eight sessions, students will experience artistic decision-making first hand and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects. Classes will meet each week at the Winona Friendship Center (251 Main St., Winona, MN) and a culminating exhibit and celebration will happen at MCA (1164 W. 10th St., Winona) in Galleria Valencia.

A little more about Collage

Collage is an art form that involves an array of materials. Different materials such as paper, fabric, photos, or found objects are glued or otherwise attached onto a canvas, paper or board and incorporated into a painting or composition. According to ThoughtCo Collage became an art form during the Synthetic Cubist period of Picasso and Braque. This period ran from 1912 until 1914.

At first, Pablo Picasso glued oil cloth to the surface of “Still Life with Chair Caning” in May of 1912. He also glued a rope around the edge of the oval canvas. Georges Braque then glued imitation wood-grained wallpaper to his “Fruit Dish and Glass” (September 1912). Another well known artist who used collage is Henri Matisse. Learn more about the history of collage and collage artists by clicking here.

This Vitality Arts workshop is completely free for participation and all supplies are included, thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies.

Vitality Arts programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Our work is driven by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings. MCA was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new statewide initiative, “Seeding Vitality Arts MN.

Why offer a Multi-generational Workshop:

The collage workshop is the only one that has a multi-generational component. According to a recent report titled “I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together,” inter-generational engagement offers many benefits:

  • Older adults become less isolated and feel less lonely.
  • Older adults who were previously cut off from their communities find connection and companionship.
  • Kids introduce elders to new technology and cultural phenomena.
  • Older adults get more exercise—to keep up with kids, older adults have to keep moving, which, in turn, boosts their cognitive, mental, and physical health.
  • Young people help elders with chores and errands.
  • Adults perceptions of young people change.
  • New relationships and experiences enrich the lives of all involved.

MCA in partnership with the Winona Friendship Center hopes to help more Winona Area Community Members realize these benefits.

Learn about all of the upcoming Seeding Vitality Workshops.

About Vitality Arts

The broad field of creative aging encompasses many things: arts education, arts in health care, creativity for those with dementia, and more.

Arts education programs – those that inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging – make up a subset of the creative aging field. Often referred to as artful aging programs, they are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

At Aroha Philanthropies, we’ve come to view these programs as even more than artful aging. With the term Vitality Arts, we aim to champion arts programs that keep us vital, joyful and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in those 55+. More information is available atvitalityarts.org.

About Aroha Philanthropies

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. More information is available at arohaphilanthropies.org.

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