WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites the community to view a unique exhibit, featuring the work of printmaking artists ages 55 and older who participated in a recent workshop alongside teens from Riverway Learning Community.
The exhibit opening will kick off with an open house event on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. Howard St., where guests can meet and greet the artists and view projects created during the generational printmaking class.
Class participants were invited to explore a variety of printmaking techniques through group and individual instruction under the direction of local teaching artist, Brianna Haupt, thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies.
The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 19. Guests can visit at no cost during regular business hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.
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.
At Aroha Philanthropies, we’ve come to view these programs as even more than artful aging. With the term “vitality arts,” we aim to champion arts programs that keep us vital, joyful, and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in those 55 and older. 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. We believe that learning, making, and sharing art enriches everyone throughout their lifetime. Aroha Philanthropies works to improve the quality of life of people 55 and older 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.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia, visit mca.smumn.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-453-5500.