The Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network (MnCAAN) is collaborating with MELSA to provide three-day arts residencies at 23 senior care centers in the metro area. MELSA library systems referred care centers where libraries have outreach relationships or a desire to establish relationships. MnCAAN assembled a roster of 10 teaching artists who have experience teaching older adults. Artist interns assist with the residencies and gain experience working with older adults. The care center staff selects an option suitable for their residents (storytelling, songwriting, dance/movement, creative writing, ceramics, painting). Library staff connects with care center staff regarding library services. Art residencies conclude with an event for participants, families and in some cases the public. According to care center staff this is most likely the only opportunity their residents have to participate in Legacy-funded programming.
The first residency, a songwriting “arts camp” with Charlie Maguire, took place in June 2010 at Comforts of Home in White Bear Lake. The oldest participant was 106!
View a video of an event at Shakopee Valley News' website.
Read the song lyrics that were created.