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:  507-453-550 or

Read about a few of our creative aging programs:


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:

Word Art: Faux Calligraphy (virtual)

Learn lettering and faux calligraphy techniques to apply to greeting and post cards from lines, heights, slants and strokes, to rhythm, spacing, width and pressure. Participants will receive class materials via mail, and by the end of the session create four unique greeting cards. Students will receive a kit of materials including everything needed.

Dates/Time: Tuesdays Jan. 25 - Mar. 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Ages: 55+
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Zoom
Fee: $24
*This activity is made possible through a grant from Aroha Philanthropies, a non-profit arts organization working to improve quality of life through creative self-expression.

Creative Aging: Expressive Arts

Would you like to use art as a form of self expression? Join this beginner's course to explore methods and materials such as watercolor, markers, pastels and collage. This 8 week will be great for the artistically curious to find out more about themselves. Expressive Arts will finish with a gallery to display each individuals' work.

Dates/Time: Wednesdays Mar. 9 - May 4, 4:30-5:30pm
Ages: 55+
Instructor: Brianna Haupt
Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Fee: $24
*This activity is made possible through a grant from Aroha Philanthropies, a non-profit arts organization working to improve quality of life through creative self-expression.

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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Monday - Thursday- 9:00am-3:00pm and 3:45-8:00pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday- Closed


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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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