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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.


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Mature Moving Me


Saturdays, Feb 14 - Apr 11 | 9-10:15AM

Mesa Arts Center – 2nd Floor Acting Studio


Come explore social engagement through creative visual arts, movement exploration, and discovery of storytelling. Creative aging courses challenge cognitive and collective skills for each participant, allowing individual voices and levels to be empowered and emphasized. Honor your bodies, voices, and social perspectives while learning dance phrase work, improvisational exploration, and choreographic accumulation. 

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



StoryCraft "What’s Your Story"-Storytelling


Fridays, Feb 13- Apr 24 | 2-3:30PM
Mesa Arts Center – 2nd Floor Drama Studio


Miranda Giles, author of The Mother Stories combines storytelling to create something entirely new and entirely YOU. For storytellers age 55 and up. No experience needed. In each 90 minute workshop will transform memories into recorded history or legend. Using our voices, bodies and technology, we will create documents to share with loved ones near and far. 


Mixed Media "In-the-Round"- Sculpture


Not offered this Spring please check back in the Fall!


Come join this series of 7 hands-on sessions focusing on creating mixed media abstract sculptures. Together we will explore principles of formal abstraction, still life composition and sculpture-pedestal relationships. A playful layering of materials will be emphasized through weekly explorations of geometric blocks, papier mache, paint, textural and solid color fabrics.

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


“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
Oakwood Creative Care

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