Join us for Flourish Fest 2017 - 

a celebration of creativity -- all life long. 


May 8th at the State Alzheimer's Conference, a performance installation inspired by stories told by elders in 50 nursing homes across WI.  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Kalahari Resort Hotel. 

June 25th - the Flourish Fest Exhibit, Kenilworth Gallery, 1-4pm.  Featuring work created as part of the Student Artist in Residence program.  Art-making stations, exhibit, refreshments, and an award ceremony.  


SAIR Thorin Ketelsen Performs Richard III at Luther Manor

Thorin Ketelsen (UWM BFA Acting) had a problem.  The venue for his theatre group's performance of Richard III fell through.  Then he had an idea.  As a student artist in residence at Luther Manor for the year, Thorin new they had plenty of space and a built in audience. So on Friday, February 17th, he arranged for a performance. Said one of his neighbors, jokingly, "We'll have to watch Thorin at dinner with those butter knives from now on." 


Each spring, our programs culminate in a festival that celebrates creativity as we age.  The festival is designed to promote life-long learning through the arts, and share the artists' accomplishments.  

SAVE THE DATES!  This year's Flourish Festival will feature two main events. The premiere of the WI Creative Care book and performance at the state Alzheimer's conference (May 8th, Wisconsin Dells); and a day of art-making and exhibits at UWM's Kenilworth Gallery on Sunday, June 26th. 

The Schedule for the 2016 Flourish Festival is Shaping Up!

Here are a few highlights:

  • Sidewalk Stories and the Crossings in Shorewood (first week of May)
  • Demonstration/Launch of the National Center for Creative Aging's (NCCA)
    Creative Caregiver Guide
    . May 11th (By invitation-only. Contact info@creativeaging.org if you are interested in attending.)
  • Collaborative Coloring Book Creation at 5 Milwaukee County Senior Centers
  • Postcard-Making Workshop with UWM Student Artist in Residence Ethan Kastner. Beginners and experts are all welcome to try their hand at making their own postcards to send to friends and family or collect for your very own. May 21st, time 2-4 pm. St. Johns on the Lake, Cultural Arts Center. Free and open to the public!
  • The Day of Play & Creativity - May 22nd. A chance to older adults and their families to experiment with different art-making stations with a backdrop of music and a view of Lake Michigan! Art stations are guided by UWM's Student Artists in Residence. Come meet them!
  • Interfaith Older Adult Program's Lifetime Arts Competition - Meet the Artists Reception. Learn about the competition and artists. May 17th, 4-6 pm.  Free and open to the public, but space is limited, so reserve your spot at 414.963.8408. 

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TimeSlips is Underway!

With thanks to the Center for Community-based Learning Leadership and Research, this year's TimeSlips workshops have begun. With 13 volunteers completing the training and site orientation, the facilitators will now begin conducting improvisational storytelling sessions at 4 locations - St. Johns on the Lake, Milwaukee Catholic Home, EastCastle Place, and the Jewish Home and Care Center.

This evidence-based program was recently named a Program of Distinction by Generations United! 

This year, TimeSlips Training Coordinator Joan Williamson will be holding a "Create Your Own Photos" workshop to teach elders to make their own narrative images to use as prompts for storytelling. 

Student Artists in Residence!

So excited to share that we received funding from Bader Philanthropies to support 8 (EIGHT) Student Artists in Residence for the Creative Trust.  Students from Peck School of the Arts will be assigned to a partner organization that supports older adults (care communities; community programs; or acute care) and learn to design and facilitate their own arts-based workshops with older adults regardless of abilities or challenges.  They will also be partnered with an organization outside of Milwaukee and Dane Counties and offer 3 workshops for older adults.  Students will receive a $3,500 stipend over the year to support this exciting applied arts work. 

For information on how to apply, click here.