DSCN1793Creativity is ageless!

The 2015 Flourish Festival features events that demonstrate the timeless power of creativity and intergenerational collaboration.

May 3rd features two events that are free and open to the public. Chai Point (1400 N. Prospect) is hosting a Pleine Air, afternoon of painting to music. UWM student and faculty artists will be there to encourage and provide guidance to beginners. All levels of painters welcome!

Also on May 3rd is the Milwaukee Museum Mile Open House and Moving Images performance. During the past year, UWM students facilitated storytelling workshops with area elders, inspired by images from the collections of the five museums. The Moving Images performers visit each museum, perform a story, and invite the audience to create one of their own. 11:30 Jewish Museum; 12:30 Museum of Wisconsin Art on the Lake; Charles Allis Museum 1:30; Villa Terrace at 2:30, and Northpoint Gallery and Lighthouse at 3:30. FREE and fun for families of all ages.

On May 7th, UWM Dance students and St. Johns on the Lake residents, guided by choreographer and DanceWorks Artistic Director Dani Kuepper, perform COLOR FLOW. The dance is inspired by the paintings of elder resident artist Doris Gendelman. At Chai Point, 1400 Prospect, 11 am.  FREE.

On May 14th at St. Johns on the Lake, come see FLOURISH an art exhibit that tells the story of the full year of intergenerational arts collaborations including photos and stories of the TimeSlips storytelling circles; a photography project from Arlington Court and UWM’s Community Arts students; and photos of musical theatre workshops with people with memory loss offered by Stage Right Theatre.

FLOURISH FEST events emerge from a year of workshops and projects from the Creative Trust, an alliance committed to fostering life-long learning through the arts. www.creativetrustmke.com.  Trust members include: Chai Point and Jewish Home and Care Center; EastCastle Place; Milwaukee Catholic Home; St. John’s on the Lake; Milwaukee County Dept on Aging; UWM’s Peck School of the Arts; UWM’s Center for Community-based Learning, Leadership and Research.

For more information contact Anne Basting, UWM Theatre Professor and facilitator of the Creative Trust MKE.  basting@uwm.edu