Workshops connects arts and elderly [UPDATED]Published 10:37am Thursday, October 17, 2013 Updated 12:38pm Thursday, October 17, 2013
ArtSage offers five FREE Intro to Arts & Aging workshops through grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board
Minnesota is graying. The Minnesota Department of Health states that “between 2000 and 2030, the 65 and over population will increase from 12.1 percent to 24 percent of the total state population, doubling from 600,000 to 1.2 million people. From 2000 and 2050, the 85 and older population will nearly triple from 90,000 to 250,000.”
In his groundbreaking book, “The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life,” arts and aging researcher, Gene Cohen advocated for a new way of seeing older adults that moves from a “deficit” approach, stressing losses, to an “asset” approach, stressing strengths, potential, and achievements.
ArtSage, a Minnesota nonprofit who serves as a catalyst for the field of arts and aging, provides training for artists and organizations, consulting services for senior organizations and resources for those working in the field of arts and aging.
ArtSage will present free “Introduction to Arts and Aging” workshops in five cities across Minnesota.
These day-long workshops are created specifically for artists, arts organization staff, senior serving community staff members, older adults, caregivers and anyone interested in the growing field of arts and aging.
The workshops will be taught by nationally-known teaching artists and experts Jeanie Brindley-Barnett from MacPhail School of Music, Jane Tygesson of Opening Doors to Memory, Jeanne Bayer from MacPhail Center for Music and Andrea Lewandowski of Ebenzer. Workhops will be held in St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Austin, Minneapolis and Grand Rapids
Preregistration is required. Coffee is provided. Lunch is available for a fee.
The workshops wilsl be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Legacy Hall, at M State-Fergus Falls.
Email Megan@artsagemn.org or visit www.artsagemn.org