Community members ages 7-12 and 55+ begun working side by side collaging in June in a unique workshop that is a collaboration between the Winona Friendship Center and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA). Thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies participants have been invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction under the direction of MCA Teaching Artist, Brianna Haupt. Within the eight sessions, students have been experiencing artistic decision-making first hand and gaining understanding of the creative process, as well as having the opportunity to laugh, interact and collaborate with community members of a different generation.

On Wednesday, August 8, 5:30 pm- 6:30pm the community is invited to join in a celebration of the multi-generational artists. Select artwork created during the workshop will be exhibited at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Galleria Valencia inside of the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th St., Winona, MN 55987). Many of the artists will be present and light refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to public. The exhibit will run through mid. September.

This program is a, Seeding Vitality Arts program. 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.” 

Learn about all of the upcoming Seeding Vitality Workshops.