Creative Aging

Bringing Creative Aging to You

Creative Aging Residencies

Let the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts bring the arts to your Facility. Please note that currently due to COVID-19 all Creative Aging programs will be provided via digital platforms such as Zoom or through distance learning programs (learn more about virtual community engagement). MCA has a talented and experienced team of inspiring teaching artists who can bring dance, music, theatre or visual art to you.  We have worked with activity directors, and residents to develop expressive visual arts classes, drum circles, and movement classes to nursing homes and senior center facilities throughout Southeastern Minnesota. Our creative aging programs are designed to improve the health, well-being, provide a renewed sense of purpose for older adults.

Want to take a little field trip? Participants will never forget a workshop at MCA’s home, the state-of-the-art Valencia Arts Center. Residencies can range from a one day workshop to a weekly meeting that concludes with a cumulative project. (currently residencies at MCA are not happening due to COVID-19)

Not located in Winona? No worries, thanks to technology we have a variety of ways to bring the arts to your facility to help your residents and or community connect and engage in meaningful arts activities. Since March 2020 MCA has been providing successful online arts opportunities in collaboration with groups including Elder Network, Home & Community Options, Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association and the Winona Friendship Center.

If you would like to learn more about an MCA’s Creative Aging programs, please contact Jamie at:  507-453-5501 or

Read about a few of our creative aging programs:

Dance Class at Saint Anne’s Assisted Living of Winona

Intergenerational Art Class at Winona Friendship Center

Art-in-a-Box: Playful Postcards (Distance Program without technology)

Art Gallery

Throughout the academic year different schools and organizations display works of their student artists. Galleria Valencia is open during the center’s office hours and while classes are in session. Stop by and enjoy the featured talents of local youth artists.

We still have gallery space open for this year.  If you are an art teacher and would like to see your school’s artwork featured at MCA please contact Megan at: 507-453-5500 or for details.  View the current Galleria Valencia Schedule.

Live Performances

Each year MCA offers a variety of live performances including Dance Concerts, Music Division and Jazz Combos Concerts, Theatrical performances and more. Many of these performances are free and open to the public.  When possible we also bring dancers and musicians to facilities in which residents find travel difficult. In recent years our Irish dancers and a variety of musicians have performed at local nursing homes. Other performances, including our annual Spring Dance Concert and biennial production of classic ballet, The Nutcracker,  hold special abridged daytime matinees at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Page Theatre, designed for groups of audience members and are offered at the discounted rate of only $5 per performance. For information about matinee performances please visit the Page Theatre.

Schedule Creative Aging Programs

MCA’s Creative Aging programs are customizable to fit the needs of your organization. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask! Contact MCA’s Creative Aging Program Coordinator, Catie Deysach, at to discuss your options.

Current Public Creative Aging Programs:

Let it Snow!

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include Shrinky Dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine point sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 7

Time: 2-3 PM

Age: 55+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees: $24* (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund, Aroha Philanthropies, and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.



Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are limited to the following:

Mondays: 3:30-6:30pm
Tuesdays: 5-7pm
Wednesdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Thursdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Fridays- 3:30-6:00pm



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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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