Senior art promoted

Art students from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts will be partnering with RCS Empowers to hold two creative workshops Tuesday, July 11 from 9–11:30 a.m. at RCS Empowers and a public workshop at Mead Public Library from 4-5 p.m. Student artists will travel to 20 locations throughout Wisconsin this summer to offer creative workshops aimed at providing opportunities for older adults to connect and engage through various creative practices outside of the home.

The student artists are part of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) Program. Created by Professor Anne Basting, recent recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award, and funded by Bader Philanthropies, the Student Artist in Residence Program pairs art students with organizations serving older adults. The students provide intergenerational connection and creative engagement by holding creative workshops and events. Anne Basting states, “Research shows that engaging in the arts in late life, as a beginner or lifelong artist, has multiple benefits for health and well-being. It has been a joy to watch both generations thrive in this program."

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