At left is Yousef Al-abad; a Riverway Learning Community student; with Vivian Fusillo and the Dirk Nelson.

Printmaking exhibit highlights artists over 55


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, November 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West Howard Street, 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 from Tuesday, November 19, through Thursday, December 19. Guests may visit at no cost during regular business hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 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.

Aroha Philanthropies views these programs as even more than artful aging. With the term “vitality arts,” it aims to champion arts programs that keep people vital, joyful, and engaged by unleashing the transformative power of creativity in those ages 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 people over age 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. More information is available at


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