Arts & Aging Events

Arts & Aging Events

Arts & Aging Events

JUNE 19, 2015
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for an arts-infused day of keynotes and workshops from national and regional leaders in the field of arts and aging, plus showcases from outstanding ArtSage-trained professional teaching artists. Learn how to build arts programming for older adults that is based on the latest research and best practices in the field.

The keynote speaker this year is Stuart Kandell of Stagebridge Senior Theatre. Stuart is nationally known for his accomplishments in arts and aging. He served as the founder and former executive director of Stagebridge (1978-2010). In 1996, he was the first American to receive his doctorate in Intergenerational Studies from the Union Institute in Cincinnati and is often asked to be a featured speaker at national conferences on aging. In 2000, he was nominated by the American Society on Aging and received the first Award for Intergenerational Innovation. In 2005, he was selected as one of 35 leaders for the Mini White House Conference on Creativity and Aging. In 2007 Stu was elected Treasurer for the Board of the National Center for Creative Aging based in Washington D.C.



Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 6:30 – 8 pm | FREE

Rochester Art Center welcomes prominent artist Sharon Louden as part of their (K)NOW series. As a producer of culture—working across disciplines with some of the most innovative creative artists and thinkers—Louden has impacted the way we imagine and appreciate artists and how we think about their attainment of a well-lived life. Louden shares her insights into years of working with and talking to artists about sustaining their artistic practice. Ranging from the day-to-day to the big picture, Louden’s work shows possibilities through stories, experiences, and good-will that are informative and inspiring.

Louden will present her book Living And Sustaining A Creative Life in a town square community gathering.

No Expiration Date: Sexuality & Aging
Presented by Pangea World Theater

June 5 at 7 p.m.
June 7 at 2:30 p.m.
June 12 at 7 p.m.
June 13 at 2:30 p.m.
June 14 at 2:30 p.m.

All performances at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
$15; students and seniors $10; groups of 8 or more, $8
Buy tickets online or call 1-800-838-3006

Written by Meena Natarajan
Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee
Lighting design by Mike Wangen
Costume design by Carolann Winther

Featuring Patricia Enger, Beverly Cottman, Lonny Mclaughlin, Eric Wood, Tinne Rosenmeier, Fawn Wilerson-Legros, Liliana Espondaburu, and Edwin Korte

No Expiration Date: Sexuality & Aging is a theatrical interpretation of the qualitative data from a study conducted by Drs. Sara Mize and Alex Iantaffi at the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. The play was scripted by Pangea World Theater’s Executive/Literary Director Meena Natarajan from the focus group narratives of 61 seniors of diverse backgrounds and sexual orientations who were gathered to discuss their experiences of sexuality and aging.

With heart, humor, compassion, and unabashed directness, No Expiration Date: Sexuality & Aging explores the challenges and triumphs associated with aging sex and invites the audience to consider the role of mindfulness. A heartwarming, funny, poignant, naughty, illuminating, inspiring and thought-provoking theatrical experience with a diverse cast, it shows that there is a whole lot to learn from our elders’ experiences in spite of our youth-obsessed media and culture.

Some material may be inappropriate for children under 18.


September 25 and 26, 2015

The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presented by VSA Minnesota and members of the state’s disability & arts communities

Through forums, presentations, showcases and a public performance, Minnesotans with and without disabilities will speak, perform, exhibit and discuss as musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, writers, visual artists and audience members.

The Arts Access Chautauqua will be the first time since 1992 that the state arts community has come together to celebrate artists with disabilities in light of civil rights provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990, 25 years ago.

VSA Minnesota will conduct this two-day gathering for Minnesota arts, disability & public administrators and artists/arts attendees with and without disabilities that will:

  • Acknowledge successes in the Minnesota arts community that have taken place since passage of the ADA;
  • Recognize and show artistically the emergence of people with disabilities as active members of the Minnesota arts community;
  • Identify challenges that continue to serve as barriers to full inclusion of people with disabilities in the state arts environment;
  • Clarify best practices for arts organizations to serve people with disabilities more effectively;
  • Explore new opportunities to more fully engage people with disabilities with the arts.

In showcases & a public performance, Minnesota artists with disabilities will perform as musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, and writers. Visual artists with disabilities, identified partly through our Emerging Artist Grant program (funded for 18 years by the Jerome Foundation), will also have their work exhibited.

If you would like this information in a word document or other format, please contact our office 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883. For further information, contact Shelia Bland