WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new statewide initiative, “Seeding Vitality Arts MN.

Chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is among the second cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha Philanthropies in this seminal initiative designed to support the development and expansion of successful creative aging programs.

Vitality Arts programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. The work is driven by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is excited to join Aroha Philanthropies at the forefront of the emerging field of creative aging. Aroha Philanthropies’ generous grant of $12,500

will support three unique eight-week workshops for older adults in collaboration with the Winona Friendship Center. The workshops will be focused on painting and dance, and a special intergenerational program in mulit-media art will welcome older adults and area youth to participate together. These free workshops will take place April 2018 through November 2018, so stay tuned for details.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to partner in the Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative to not only support the community but also contribute to a growing movement to bring the many benefits of creative aging to communities far and wide.

For more information about Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, visit smumn.edu/mca. For more information about Seeding Vitality Arts MN, visit vitalityarts.org.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages birth through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information, go to smumn.edu/mca, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.

About Vitality Arts

The broad field of creative aging encompasses many things: arts education, arts in health care, creativity for those with dementia, and more. Arts education programs—those that inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging—make up a subset of the creative aging field. Often referred to as artful aging programs, they are led by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

Aroha Philanthropies views these programs as even more than artful aging. With the term Vitality Arts, they aim to champion arts programs that keep individuals vital, joyful, and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in those 55+. More information is available at vitalityarts.org.

About Aroha Philanthropies

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness. They believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55+ by encouraging the funding, development, and proliferation of arts programs designed to enhance longer lives, and by advancing the development of professional teaching artists working with those in their encore years. More information is available at arohaphilanthropies.org.

 

 

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