Come play with us at APP-MN's summer garden party extravaganza, Fête au Jardin à Chez Fifi!
Bask in the beauty of Michèle Coppin and Mike Wolf's lovely garden at Chez Fifi in Golden Valley with us, and lend your support to "Naming the Artist Within," a collaborative project bringing innovative visual arts and poetry programming to elders at low-income adult day centers all over Minneapolis this year!
So much to enjoy:
Sipping wine and sampling delectable, seasonal light fare
Listening to live music by celebrated local singer-songwriter (and APP-MN poet!) Diane Jarvi
Creating flower paintings to take home with masters and APP-MN guest artists Michèle Coppin and Holly Nelson
Enjoying readings of APP-MN participant poems
Ordering up typewritten poems-on-demand
And even playing a game of badminton, if it strikes your fancy!
We'll have prizes, surprises, bubbles, and an after-party fire under the stars for those who wish to linger with us.
Drop in anytime, or stay for the whole party! But be sure to order your $35 tickets in advance, by July 16, at www.alzpoetrymn.org/tickets.
If you can't make the event, but wish to support our work in bringing creative engagement to Minneapolis elders, please visit our GiveMN page. THANK YOU!
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. 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. Thanks to supporters and friends like you, we have so far raised over $4200 in matching funds for our grant! We need to raise another $2400 before we have secured all the required matching funds.
That's where your generosity comes in. Your ticket purchases and donations will bring 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.
THANK YOU FOR BEING AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS WORK!