Flourish Fest, coordinated by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Associate Professor of Theatre Anne Basting, runs from May 5-17, coinciding with National Older Americans Month. This first festival is part of the Peck School’s Year of the Arts celebration and dovetails with the community connections that are a key component of YOA.
“Festival events include opportunities to witness, talk about and create the power of art-making across generations,” says Basting.
Flourish Fest is organized by The Creative Trust, an organization dedicated to fostering lifelong learning in the arts. Basting founded this alliance of agencies and organizations in July 2012, after returning from the Bealtaine Festival in Dublin, Ireland. That festival is a nationwide, month-long celebration of later-life creativity across all arts disciplines.
Basting, who has been instrumental in creating Milwaukee’s strong base of intergenerational arts, formed The Creative Trust with a focus on agencies located on Milwaukee’s East Side. “We plan on expanding to the greater Milwaukee area over the next several years.”
Basting points to the first Flourish Fest collaboration as the creation of a festival logo by members of the Peck School of the Arts staff along with older adults. In another collaboration, UWM’s Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research will coordinate student volunteers to help with Flourish Fest events.Flourish Fest events follow. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For updates, visit www.creativetrustmke.wordpress.com.
Sunday, May 5:
“Gan Ami and Me,” a celebration and exhibit of artwork created by 4- to 5-year-olds in the Gan Ami nursery school and Chai Point residents. The Gallery at Chai Point, 1400 N. Prospect Ave. 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9:
“Memories in the Making” art exhibit and reception, featuring Becky Pruscko. The Residence at the Milwaukee Catholic Home, 2463 N. Prospect Ave. 4:30-7:30 p.m.
“Springdances…impermanence,” a performance and discussion for older audiences featuring work by UWM Dance faculty and students. Mitchell Hall Studio, room 254, 3202 N. Downer Ave. 10-11 a.m. RSVP to email@example.com.
Friday, May 10:
“Memories in the Making” art exhibit and talkback with
Alzheimer Association’s Nancy Armitage, exhibit coordinator. The exhibit
features artful expressions of memories painted by residents with memory loss. Saint
John’s on the Lake, Lower Level Community Room, 1840 N. Prospect Ave. 3-4
Saturday, May 11:
Intergenerational Art-Making Workshop for Families. United Community Center’s Adult Day Center, 1028 S. 9th St. 9:30 a.m.-noon. RSVP to NelvaO@unitedcc.org.
Monday, May 13:
TimeSlips Celebration! A morning tea and sharing of creative stories told by residents. Special presentation by Anne Basting as founder of TimeSlips, an internationally recognized storytelling program. TimeSlips, according to Basting, “replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.” 10 a.m.-noon, Lindsay Hall, Eastcastle Place, 2505 E. Bradford Ave.
Friday, May 17:
“A Community Affair: An Exhibit of Photographs by Residents, Staff, Family & Friends of Saint John’s on the Lake.” Saint John’s on the Lake, Peters Uihlein Gallery, 1840 N. Prospect Ave. Opening reception 3:30-4:30 p.m. Show continues through Aug. 11.