College Students Bring Creative Engagement to Older Adults throughout Rural Wisconsin
September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art students from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts will be partnering with the Boulder Junction Public Library to hold a creative workshop on Tuesday, September 26th from 10:00 a.m. – noon at the Boulder Junction Community Center. Student artists will travel to 20 locations throughout Wisconsin this summer to offer creative workshops aimed at providing opportunities for older adults to connect and engage through various creative practices outside of the home.
The student artists are part of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) Program. Created by Professor Anne Basting, recent recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award, and funded by Bader Philanthropies, the Student Artist in Residence Program pairs art students with organizations serving older adults. The students provide intergenerational connection and creative engagement by holding creative workshops and events. Anne Basting states, “Research shows that engaging in the arts in late life, as a beginner or life-long artist, has multiple benefits for health and well-being. It has been a joy to watch both generations thrive in this program.”
The workshop participants will explore the world of abstract painting by painting with everyday items. No previous experience in the arts is necessary. Class size is limited to 20 participants so registration is required. To register or for more information, please contact Cherie Sanderson at 715-385-2050.