MCA offers intergenerational art workshop starting June 6


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), in collaboration with the Winona Friendship Center, will host the second in a series of three unique eight-week workshops for adults ages 55-and-up. The workshop is free thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies and will feature a special intergenerational program in multimedia art.

Multi-Generational Collage will run on Wednesdays, June 6 to August 1 (no July 4 class), from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main Street. This intergenerational workshop invites older adults and youth ages seven to 12 to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Participants will experience artistic decision-making and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects.

Collage is an art form that involves an array of materials. Paper, fabric, photos, or found objects are glued or attached onto a canvas, paper, or board and incorporated into a painting or composition. This collage workshop is the only one in the series that has a multi-generational component. Intergenerational engagement connects older adults and children, forming new relationships and creating enriching experiences.

Vitality Arts programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. The work is driven by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

MCA was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new statewide initiative Seeding Vitality Arts Minnesota. Find more information about this initiative at Learn more about all of the upcoming Seeding Vitality Workshops at

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization 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, go to, email, or call 507-453-5500.

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, these programs are viewed as even more than artful aging. With the term Vitality Arts, it aims 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

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. It believes 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.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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