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Art + Poetry = Alchemy: A Make-and-Take Art Party & Benefit for APP-MN

  • VOAMN's Southwest Senior Center 3612 Bryant Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55409 United States (map)


  • Painting with glass and gold! APP-MN guest visual artist, painter Michèle Coppin, will teach glass-painting techniques to those who wish to create a sumptuous, small framed painting to take home. All supplies provided.
  • Interactive performance by international APP founder and director Gary Glazner! (Co-starring Vincent Van Gogh and Walt Whitman.)
  • *Silent auction! Featuring art, books, broadsides, and jewelry by local writers, publishers, and artists--and more.
  • *Plus! Readings of poetry by APP-MN project participants, light nosh, and a chance to preview art created by participants in APP-MN's "Naming the Artist Within" project. (Scroll down for more info on the project!)

Drop in or play all evening! Ages 13+, please. Space is limited; tickets are $25 in advance at, or at the door. Your added donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, email us via our contact page, or call APP-MN director Zoë Bird at (612) 432-9196. And visit our event page on Facebook, where we'll post frequent updates!

Three Roses and Her Burning Heart, 5 x 7, mixed media (reversed painting on glass backed with gold leaf) by Michèle Coppin, 2012

Three Roses and Her Burning Heart, 5 x 7, mixed media (reversed painting on glass backed with gold leaf) by Michèle Coppin, 2012

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Last year, APP-MN received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for "Naming the Artist Within," a collaborative project in poetry and visual artmaking with Minneapolis elders, many of whom have dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges. APP-MN teaching poets and guest visual artists are now conducting layered workshops in both art forms at four low-income adult day center partner sites throughout Minneapolis, including our wonderful host for this benefit, VOAMN's Southwest Senior Center. In each series, participants tell stories and compose group poems which then inform artworks--and vice versa--deepening explored themes and creating new connections.

Programming has been in full swing since January, and will run through November 2017. We have so far raised almost $2500 in matching funds for our grant, and need to raise another $4000 before we have secured all the required matching funds.

That's where your generosity comes in. Your ticket and silent auction purchases and donations will provide the push that brings our project to fruition at all four partner sites, cultivating joy and opening avenues for self-expression for Minneapolis elders and helping to amplify their vital presence in the public sphere.