Community sits at the heart of our work. We believe that everyone deserves the benefits of connecting with neighbors and having a supportive community. Through our Arts and Aging program, we use the arts as a vehicle for lifelong learning and community building.
Arts and Aging offers participatory, multi-disciplinary sequential arts learning programs taught by professional artists, giving older adults access to high-quality arts and creativity classes and programs at no cost.
Teaching artists work within their own professional expertise to help participating residents build skills, a sense of mastery, and connection with fellow students. This model inspires a sense of purpose and vitality and brings people together. What’s more, research shows the transformative effect of participatory arts programs on the health and well-being of older adults.
From March 22 to May 10, 2021, residents from 3 CommonBond communities participated in a Mixed Media Card workshop called “You’ve Got Mail” led by teaching artist Courtney Miller Bellairs. Pictured above are the fruits of their efforts from the remote class!
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and a grant from Aroha Philanthropies.
Technology allows us to showcase the amazing work of residents in a new way—through virtual gallery tours! Take a look at pieces made by resident artists during three classes from the spring of 2021: Creative Artist Circle, Spark of Creativity, and Introduction to Watercolor.
Now friends and family can view the artwork from wherever they are. Enjoy the unique style and vision of each of these artists!