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Creative Aging

The United States has as many people over the age of 65 as there are under the age of 20. Studies demonstrate arts participants have better health, fewer doctor visits, less medication usage, and increased activity and social engagement. 


The Creative Aging program seeks to uplift individual creative expression for older adults.  Through artist in residence programs in adult resource centers, adult day cares and adult living communities, participants draw on their life stories, explored through movement, story, dance, and engagement in art making as a tool in expression. Led by professional teaching artists, our goal is to engage older adults physically and mentally in creative activities that enhance self-esteem, morale, and overall health.


Mature Moving Me
Led by Dancer/Choreographer, Elizabeth Johnson, participants explore the joy of moving, creating and connecting in an environment that is invigorating, nurturing, range of movement is expanded and creative capacity increased.

View our Mature Moving Me participants in this PBS Art Beat Video


Mixed Media
Led by Fiber Artist, Tessa Windt, participants playfully layer materials through weekly explorations of paint, stencils, fabrics and papers to create works inspired by themes, quotes and life stories.

Watch the Hand Made Story Lab at the Sirrine Adult Day Care Center


Led by Theatre Artist, Megan Flod Johnson, older adult participants explore experiential performance, storytelling and performative skill building collaboratively with young people for an inter-generational story performance.

Additional workshops and programs are provided to caregivers and staff of the facilities, to make possible the continuation of the arts engagement process at the conclusion of the artist-in-residence program.


“This class was a delight. I'll remember how wonderful it felt to be free to trust my body to move.” 72 year old, Mature Moving Me participant


“I feel so exuberant after I leave here.” 83 year old, Rita Hawkins, Creative Aging Participant


Current Partners:
East Valley Adult Resource Center
Fellowship Square Living Community
Sirrine Adult Day Care


See Mesa Channel 11 cover Mesa Arts Center's Arts Education.

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