Spread a Little Love ~ Valentine’s Day

Hello and Happy New Year! This is our first blog of the New Year and we are already starting to think about what to plan next. These four crafts and gifts caught our eye and we had to share! We chose these because they would be fun to make in a group setting, easy to put together, budget friendly and would be validating for our seniors as they can all be given as gifts to someone they love. It doesn’t get much better than that!…

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Keeping the Olympic Spirit Alive

Age of Champions is a refreshing documentary about the lives of inspirational seniors who have fought all odds to perform in the National Senior Olympics. This is the perfect time to highlight this remarkable feat as we were just cheering on our own USA team at the London Olympics and we can keep the Olympic spirit alive! See how to host a screening of Age of Champions….

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Lessons Learned from Artsy Smartsy: Part 3

Finally: What I have learned teaching 3 years of Artsy Smartsy classes????? In the last year we have seen miracles, heard words from those who regularly don’t speak, got to know folks who NEVER leave their rooms if not for class, we’ve assisted in bringing back memories of loved ones, family, home, travel, sorrows and joy, we’ve seen tears, heard exasperation of relief, seen shock and so much pride, we’ve seen folks make new friends, we’ve seen phone numbers be exchanged, we’ve heard so much laughter, spilled so much paint and sang so many different versions of “You are My Sunshine”, “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and my grandpas favorite, John Denver’s “Country Roads” we could start a senior choir. We’ve made new friends, and most importantly we have given and received so many hugs and kisses….

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What Is Artsy Smartsy?: Part 1

Artsy Smartsy, LLC has been providing high quality and fantastically fun Art classes to seniors for three years as of October 2012. The program, which seems to be the first and only one of its kind in Minneapolis/St. Paul area, is an outreach program which travels to over 28 locations as far North as North Oaks to as far South as Inver Grove Heights to bring quality Art classes, in all different mediums, to a variety of senior centers, residences, day programs and libraries each month. The art mediums included vary wildly from watercolors, oil pastel resist paintings, mosaic mirrors, multi-media collage and home goods, to fine fabric projects such as weaving and wreaths making….

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