ArtSage connects people in the field of arts and aging with leadership, resources, and best practices, both in person and via technology.


ArtSage brings together local and national experts and leaders to strengthen and expand the arts and aging movement.


ArtSage develops and delivers replicable arts and aging programs, providing consulting services and training for artists and organizations to promote healthy aging through the arts.


Check out our brand-new ArtSage video, an introduction to our work featuring master teaching artists Joey Clark and Iris Shiraishi, and Executive Director Tammy Hauser.

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ArtSage: Connector, Convener, Catalyst

ArtSage is a connector, convener and catalyst for the field of arts and aging in Minnesota. We provide training programs for artists and arts organizations, consulting services for senior communities and resources for the general public on the new but growing hybrid field of arts and aging.

Among our major accomplishments, we have:

  • Trained 105 teaching artists to adapt skills and approach to work with older adults in a variety of community and care settings, reaching hundreds of older adults with high-quality arts activities each year.
  • Consulted with 21 Minnesota arts organizations in all disciplines and in all areas of the state to help them develop compelling and engaging arts programming for older adults. For a full list click here.
  • Launched a pilot project with Ecumen, one of the region's largest providers of continuum-of-care housing services to develop evidence-informed arts programs for older adults at all care levels that can be replicated in all their communities.
  • Hosted the Upper Midwest's first-ever Arts & Aging Conference and Showcase that attracted 200+ participants to Saint Paul to hear local and national speakers and take part in lively showcases by ArtSage-trained teaching artists. Register for 2015 Conference
  • Held Intro to Arts & Aging Workshops in seven communities across Minnesota that provide a gateway into the field of arts and aging and lay the groundwork for local collaboration and partnerships.
  • Developed SageConnect, a revolutionary interactive and searchable database now under construction that will function as an accessible one-stop shop for the arts and aging “marketplace.” 


ArtSage Needs YOU!

Whether you're an elder, artist, caregiver, staff member or volunteer with an arts organization or senior-serving organization—ArtSage needs you!

If you believe in ArtSage and our arts and aging mission, you can make a HUGE difference, connecting Minnesotans 55+ with meaningful and engaging arts activities—singing, dancing, visual arts, writing, and storytelling. All of these art forms can help older adults stay healthier and happier in the second half of life.

We’re building a growing arts and aging network for Minnesota—help us meet our fundraising goals by joining ArtSage today!


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In The News

ArtSage News

SageNews, the ArtSage newsletter, comes out quarterly.


Ecumen Pilot Sparks Excitement

photo (6).JPGArtSage recently completed the first stage of an exciting new partnership initiative with Ecumen, a nonprofit providing senior housing and aging services across Minnesota. The project launched a three-month Intro to Arts program at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, from October-December 2014, with the goal of modeling a sustainable and replicable arts-infused campus with high-quality, engaging arts experiences for Ecumen residents at all levels of care. Read more »

VocalEssence - Vintage Voices

Vintage-Voices_600x314.pngVocalEssence participated in a year-long partnership with ArtSage in 2013-2014, sending three members of VocalEssence staff to professional development training sessions throughout the year to learn about the aging process, in addition to receiving mentorship and additional resources to create fun and engaging program activities for the older adult community. VocalEssence was also selected as one of the showcase exhibitors at the first annual Midwest Arts & Aging Conference at the Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul in June 2014. Read more »

Jane Tygesson - ArtSage Master Trainer


Jane Tygesson grew up immersed in the arts—her mother was a choral director of the Minneapolis Junior League choir, the LeagueAires, and Jane performed with the group, often for residents in local nursing homes. After earning a degree in art history at Northwestern University, Jane became a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, knowing that she wanted to work with elders. She says her compassion for people living with memory loss also grew from personal experience with her own mother and grandmother. Read more »


ArtSage in the News

Arts & Aging — Amazing!

Good-Age_Arts-and-Aging-Amazing_12-2014_web_COVER.jpgFrom Good Age, December 2014

Older adults who engage regularly in music, dance, poetry, painting and other visual arts have been proven to age better, mentally and physically, said Tammy Hauser, interim executive director for ArtSage, a connector, a convener and a catalyst for arts and aging in Minnesota. "Mastery of a skill forces your brain to make connections," Hauser said, adding that the arts are especially powerful among the oldest of adults. "It's more effective than a lot of medications."  




Aging Artfully

From Minnesota Women's Press, September 2014

Lucy Rose Fischer, a St. Louis Park visual artist, is a prime example of the positive effects of artistic endeavor later in life. After a distinguished 25-year career in gerontology - with a doctorate and many books and scholarly articles on aging - Fischer became her own best subject, making the leap from academia to professional artist and teacher. Fischer has embraced full-time art-making in the past 10 years. Now 69, she learned about artistic pursuit from her mother-in-law. "She was my teacher," Fischer says. "She started painting in her mid-40s and lived to 92, still doing art most of that time."