STUDENT ArtistS in residence
The Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) program is designed to give students time and space to learn a community and help it (and themselves) grow and change through art-making. SAIRs are paired with a community-mentor to identify a goal for the year, and then create a series of workshops toward that goal.
We are proud to announce our 2017-18 SAIRs!
Molly Hassler (Art & Design) - EastCastle Place
Tania Espinoza-Bonilla (Art & Design) - St. Johns on the Lake
Amy Sutheimer (Dance) - Luther Manor
Christina Theobald (Art & Design) - Ovation Chai Point
Amanda Hagg (Creative Writing) - Interfaith Program for Older Adults
Ana Isabel Cortez (Art & Design) - Walker's Point Health Clinic
Charlie Turchan (Art & Design) - Apprentice (multi-site)
Amanda Check (Art & Design) - Apprentice (multi-site)
We'll be recruiting earlier this year (in February) for SAIRs for the next year - so keep an eye out!
In 2015-16, 8 UWM Student Artists in Residence (SAIR) were trained and embedded in aging services organizations. EastCastle Place and Chai Point both housed one artist in residence for a semester in exchange for programming and everyday friendship. Click here to see a brief video on the residency program.
In 2016-17, three Peck School of the Arts students are living and learning alongside their neighbors in three Milwaukee care communities; The Jewish Home and Care Center (Chai Point); Eastcastle Place; and Luther Manor. Two additional students are partnering with St. Johns on the Lake and Interfaith Older Adult Programs for a stipend.
SAIRs meet monthly to share their experiences and work together to address challenges. In January, the Creative Trust meets, including mentors and SAIRs, to plan events for the spring Flourish Fest.
In the summer of 2017, SAIRs will fan out across WI to offer 20 creative workshops for older adults. The SAIR summer workshops are sponsored by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund of the Bader Philanthropies.
2016-17 SAIRs are:
Ian McGibbon (Art Education) - Eastcastle Place
Erin Whitney (Community Arts) - Chai Point
Thorin Ketelsen (Theatre - BFA Acting) - Luther Manor
Ariel Pena (Art & Design) - Interfaith Older Adult Programs
Molly Hassler (Art & Design) St. Johns on the Lake
If you are interested in becoming or sponsoring/hosting a SAIR next year,
contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
PSOA 2015-16 Student Artists in Residence
Emily Bowlin (Dance) (working with Beulah Brinton Community Center)
Rebecca Ebsen (Art & Design) (working with Chai Point)
Ethan Kastner (Art & Design) (working with St. John's on the Lake)
Jackie Kostichka (Dance) (working with Milwaukee Catholic Home)
Mari Marks (Art & Design) (working with Interfaith Older Adult Programs)
Ian McKibbon (Art & Design) (working with EastCastle Place)
KC Rasch (Theatre) (working with Harbor Chase)
Erin Whitney (Art & Design) (working with Aurora/Sinai's ACE unit)
Sam Pavel (Music)
Melissa Hiller (Art & Design)
Rachel Zembrowski (Theatre)
Several Arts Faculty integrate service/engaged learning into their classes, giving arts students the opportunity to engage and facilitate community members in creative exploration. Raoul Deal, who coordinates the Community Arts program; Christine Woywod (Arts Education); Dani Kuepper (Dance) and Anne Basting (Theatre) regularly work with the Creative Trust to shape engaged learning experiences for their students.
In 2016, Basting's Performing Community class will help shape a celebration of storytelling with the TimeSlips program throughout the Creative Trust.
In 2017, Basting's Storytelling Class (Theatre 260) will work with Meals on Wheels to offer story exchanges. Dani Kuepper (Dance)'s class, Creating Dance in Community (Dance 420), will work with St. Johns on the Lake and the Milwaukee Center for Independence. Raoul Deal's Community Arts class will guide individual students through an array of community placements.
TimeSlips Creative Storytelling
UWM's Center for Community-based Learning, Leadership, and Research recruits and coordinates students from across campus in this award-winning program to bring the joy of imagination to people with memory loss. Students take the TimeSlips online training and are partnered with community groups to facilitate storytelling with groups of older adults, many with symptoms of memory loss. Each spring, TimeSlips shares the stories in a public celebration to build community and awareness of the strengths of people with memory loss. Click here to see a recent video of the program.
Student views of aging are transformed by this positive, playful service-learning experience. Older adults and staff see new potential in creative expression. TimeSlips-Creative Trust was recently recognized as a Program of Distinction by Generations United for 2015-17.
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.