Recent grant project: Naming the Artist Within
(January through November, 2017)
Through previous initiatives, we worked with teaching artists in storytelling, dance, puppetry, music, visual art, theater, and videography to share skills and deepen the impact of arts experiences, discovering, along the way, the power of layering creative modalities—what we call the “multimodal” approach.
Thanks to a $10,000 Arts Activities grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, our multimodal project, "Naming the Artist Within," dove deeper into the pool of memory and association, connecting text with image, poets with visual artists, and elders with each other and their communities at Southwest Senior Center, Heritage Park Senior Services Center, Eastside Neighborhood Services’ Friendship Center, and Park Elder Center's Hmong DayElders Program.
Workshops specially designed for older adults, led by visual artists Michèle Coppin and Holly Nelson, and APP-MN poets Zoë Bird, Diane Jarvenpa, Julie Landsman, and Rachel Moritz, encouraged exploration in and actual synthesis of the two art forms, allowing important themes and intimacy within groups to develop over time as participants created their own original visual art and responded to the art by creating poetry, and vice versa.
Our goal was for participants to enjoy and learn visual art and spoken word techniques, feel a sense of mastery over artistic processes, share stories, learn about each other, and surprise themselves and their communities with what they are capable of. We feel we met this goal, and that the project advanced APP-MN's mission by helping us bring engaging, inclusive poetry and visual arts programming to low-income elders who have few opportunities to learn about or make art, encouraging new connections not just between text and image, but also between parts of the brain, between people, and between generations.
At a time in life when older adults generally experience loss after loss, programming in creative engagement introduces new means of self-expression, and new possibilities for elders’ sense of identity within the community as artists, with an extraordinary creative capacity and so much to offer.
A thousand thanks to our many generous friends and supporters for their contributions to this project, which provided the vital matching funds that enabled us to deliver this programming to approximately 125 elders and adult day center staff and volunteers.
If you'd like to donate toward more such programming for elders in Minnesota, please visit APP-MN's GiveMN page.
THANK YOU for your invaluable support!
current and ongoing residencies
Heritage Park Senior Services Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2013—15, present
Wilder Center for Aging, St. Paul, MN, 2012–present
Cerenity Humboldt, West St. Paul, MN, 2015—present
Ravoux Hi-Rise, St. Paul, MN, 2014, 2016—present
on the docket
Avinity, Richfield, MN, 2018
workshop and residency archive
Johanna Shores, Arden Hills, MN, 2017
Lake Fellowship, Excelsior, MN, 2017
McKenna Crossing, Prior Lake, MN, 2017
Park Elder Center Hmong DayElders Program, Minneapolis, MN, 2017
Eastside Neighborhood Services Friendship Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2013, 2014, 2017
Southwest Senior Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2013, 2014, 2017
Lyngblomsten, St. Paul, MN, 2016—17
Red Rock Senior Living, Woodbury, MN, 2016—17
Ecumen Parmly, Chisago Lakes, 2016
Shakopee Women's Prison, Shakopee, MN, 2016
Pilgrim House, Arden Hills, MN, 2015
Belle Plaine Lutheran Home, Belle Plaine, MN, 2015
Minnesota Jewish Theatre, St. Paul, MN, 2015
Redeemer Rehab, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Ebenezer Loren on Park, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
Ebenezer Ridges, Burnsville, MN, 2012–15
Martin Luther Care Center, Bloomington, MN, 2013—15
Augustana Apartments, Minneapolis, MN, 2014—15
St. Paul Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN, 2013—14
Ecumen Lakeshore, Duluth, MN, 2014
Marshall High School, Duluth, MN, 2014
Ebenezer Minneapolis Adult Day Program, Minneapolis, MN, 2013
Dragonfly Elementary School, Santa Fe, NM, 2008–2010
Open Hands Adult Day Program, Santa Fe, NM, 2006–10
Sierra Vista Retirement Community, Santa Fe, NM, 2006–10
training and speaking archive
Augsburg College MFA Community Writing Panel, Minneapolis, MN, 2017
Weisman Art Museum Docent Training, St. Paul, MN, 2017
Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Morris, MN, 2017
Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference, St. Paul, MN, 2017
Act on Alzheimer’s Training, Marshall, MN, 2016
Ebenezer Arts Activities Retreat, Bloomington, MN, 2015
Presbyterian Homes Annual Retreat, Roseville, MN, 2015
Minnesota Statewide Activity Professionals Spring Seminar, St. Cloud, MN, 2015
James J. Hill House, St. Paul, MN 2015
Midwest Arts & Aging Conference, St. Paul, MN 2013—2015
Minnesota Association of Senior Services Conference, Wellstone Center, St. Paul, MN, 2015
Arts and Aging Workshop, Rochester Arts Center, Rochester, MN, 2015
Arts and Aging Workshop, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, 2015
Regional Arts and Healthcare Symposium, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2014
The Loft Literary Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2014
Heritage Park Senior Services Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2013—2014