The 2017 Flourish Fest









The 2016 Flourish Fest

2016 is our 4th annual celebration of inter-generational creativity born of our partnerships and projects throughout the year. This year we feature the work of our Student Artists in Residence, who, with support of the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, have been working with the Creative Trust all year.

For a printable flyer, click here.
Our one-page poster
Our press release


EARTHday play"Be Kind to Your Mother" (Earth)

Students from Maryland Avenue Montessori School join residents from the Milwaukee Catholic Home in an intergenerational play celebrating our precious earth.

Written by Douglas Love and directed by Gretta Assaly, the short play follows the adventures of a group of students who are upset by the condition of the environment and decide to get a time machine so they can go back in timeand convince a young George Washington not to cut down the cherry tree, persuade the colonists not to throw tea into the harbor and try to save the Do Do birds from extinction. The play offers opportunities for the students and residents to explore themes of preserving our earth with compassion and humor. The multigenerational cast has worked together for the past 2 months, developing respect and friendship through shared rehearsal time.  The play will be performed in the Astor Room at the Milwaukee Catholic Home on Friday, April 22 and on Monday, April 25 at Maryland Avenue Montessori.

Both performances are at 1:30 PM and are FREE! and open to family and friends.


the crossings

In the village of Shorewood, the first week of May is Bike and Pedestrian Safety week - a celebration of its walkable and bikeable community.  The Crossings -- May 3rd, from 3:00 - 5:00 -- is a performance that uses humor to encourage drivers to SEE and STOP for pedestrians.  Join us as crossers, or as official volunteers (hold a flag or a sign, or hand out programs to curious onlookers).  We start and stop at Metro Market Shorewood, which is generously sponsoring the event.
Share the word of the event with this POSTER with the ROUTE here.
Read our VOLUNTEER GUIDE here.

The Crossings was originally designed in collaboration between artist Anne Basting, Sojourn Theatre, and UWM Theatre Department. The Shorewood Crossings is offered in collaboration with TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, UWM Theatre Department, Shorewood's Bike and Pedestrian Safety Committee, and the Shorewood Senior Resource Center.

It is generously sponsored by Metro Market Shorewood!

midwest launch of the creative caregiver guide
MAY 11th

How can we bring the arts to caregivers at home with a loved one with dementia?  This 3-year initiative by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) does just that.  On May 11th, NCCA partners with local aging services providers to share and launch the online resource with live demonstrations with national teaching artists Jorge Merced (Pregones Theatre) and Anne Basting (TimeSlips). This event is by invitation only, and will feature Moving Images, a performance inspired by improvised stories by elders with dementia in Milwaukee through UWM's TimeSlips program.
May 11th, 4:30 - 6:30 Bader Philanthropies
Invitation only - email if you are interested!  (


artists reception: Interfaith older adult programs'
lifetime Arts exhibit
May 17th

The Lifetime Art Competition is a juried, traveling exhibition of art created by adults at least 50 years of age who live in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Racine County. It began as a program of Art Reach Milwaukee, and is currently celebrating its 28th year.
With generous support from The Helen Daniels Bader Fund - a Bader Philanthropy, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund, and The Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation.
Meet the Artists! 
May 17th, 4-6pm Eastcastle Place, 2505 E. Bradford
Free and open to the public, but space is limited! Reserve a spot by calling 414.963.8408


postcard screening workshop
May 21st 2-4

Create and screen print your own postcards in this workshop lead by Student Artist in Residence Ethan Kastner at St. Johns on the Lake.
Free, open to the public.
May 21st, 2-4 pm.  St. Johns on the Lake in the Cultural Arts Center.

the day of play & creativity
May 22nd 2-4

Give the arts a try! This day is designed for older adults who want to try something new to do just that.  There will be a variety of art-making stations for people to try a range of approaches from jewelry making to painting and post-card screening, all guided by the UWM Student Artists in Residence. Families are welcome to play as well.  May 22nd from 2-4 pm at Chai Point (1400 N. Prospect). FREE!

into your hands
May 22nd 1pm

UWM Student Artist in Residence Rebecca Ebsen will open her exhibit at Chai Point featuring the work of Chai Point elders exploring the theme "Into Your Hands," which includes sculpture and poetry.
May 22nd, reception/opening at 1:00pm. Chai Point (1400 N. Prospect).

collaborative coloring book creation

UWM Student Artist in Residence Mari Marks and apprentice Melissa Hillmer hold a series of workshops at Milwaukee Senior Centers to create an original coloring book. Come discover the joy of "adult" coloring books - and the teamwork of making one together! Register for these sessions at each Senior Center.

Clinton Rose Senior Center...........March 22nd 10 am
Washington Park Senior Center ...April 11th, 10 am
Kelly Senior Center .....................May 11th, 10 am
McGovern Park Senior Center ....May 11th, 1:15
Wilson Park Senior Center ..........May 12th, 10:30 am
Hart Park Senior Center .............April 25th, 1:30 pm


museum mile open house
May 15th

On this day, all five Eastside museum mile locations will offer free or reduced admission. Each museum will offer free docent­‐led tours and light refreshments – including champagne at several locations. Free activities for children will also be available including a Milwaukee Museum Mile scavenger hunt. A free, continuous shuttle bus will be available for travel between locations. Sunday May 15th, 11 am to 4 pm. Northpoint Gallery and and Lighthouse; Charles Allis Museum; Villa Terrace museum; Jewish Museum; and the Museum of Wisconsin Art on the Lake.



2015 festival

For the full brochure:  Download the 2015 Festival brochure here. 


Slightly Bigger Women

This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s ground-breaking novel brings the characters forward through time to discover both the enormous changes in American culture and the needed change that continues to call us to action. This original comedy was devised through intergenerational letter-writing and workshops. Interactive (not in a scary way!) and ideal for intergenerational family audiences (8 yrs old+).

Who do you dream of becoming? How can we dream bigger? 

April 22-25 7:30 pm
April 25-26 2:00 pm
UWM's Kenilworth 508 theater, between Farwell and Prospect, Milwaukee

                                          Rehearsal of  Slightly Bigger Women  at Chai Point, 4.14.15

                                          Rehearsal of Slightly Bigger Women at Chai Point, 4.14.15


Moving Images

The Museum Mile Open House will host Moving Images at each of their 5 sites again this year. Moving Images engages audiences of museum goers to create stories out of an image on display at each museum. Then they perform a story about the same image told by local elders and facilitated by UWM students. Using the TimeSlips approach to improvisational storytelling, Moving Images is playful, joyful, and reminds us that we’re never too old to imagine!  Learn more at  Directed by UWM alum Joan Williamson. 

Sunday, May 3rd. Jewish Museum 11:30 am; Museum of Wisconsin Art (St. Johns) 12:30 pm; Charles Allis Museum; 1:30 pm Villa Terrace 2:30 pm; Northpoint Gallery and Lighthouse 3:30 pm. Free.



Inspired by Chai Point resident Doris Gendelman’s vibrant paintings, UWM dance students choreograph and perform with Creative Trust elders.

Thursday May 7th, 11 am  Chai Point, 1400 Prospect, Milw Free 



pleine air at chai point

Artists of all ages and experiences, from beginners to advanced, were welcomed at the Flourish Fest Pleine Air, hosted at Chai Point. This year’s Pleine Air featured music and an inspiring view of Lake Michigan. UWM art students and faculty joined local artists at the event.

Sunday May 3rd, 1-3 pm
The Pavilion at Chai Point, 1400 Prospect, Milw


flourish: an exhibit 

These photographs, images, and stories all relay intergenerational adventures in art-making over the past year. Exhibit features: Community Arts students Rebecca Ebsen and Fred Kaems’ work with Arlington Ct. residents to take photographs (below); images and the stories they inspired, as told by people with memory loss in Milwaukee and facilitated by UWM volunteers; photos of Sammy Goodrich’s Stage Right Theatre productions, original musicals with people with memory loss.

St. John’s on the Lake. Opens May 14th. Opening Celebration - May 29th in conjunction with our annual planning meeting. To register for the planning meeting (open to Milwaukee area elders, arts educators, aging services providers), email

                              Photo from the Arlington Court collaboration with UWM Community Arts students. 

                              Photo from the Arlington Court collaboration with UWM Community Arts students. 

Stage Right Theatre's rehearsal of A Day on the Farm at St. John's on the Lake.  With Brian Erdrich, UWM Peck School of the Arts student.