Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites older adults to join creative aging programs for the winter season.

“As we enter the ninth month of this pandemic during the cold weather, it is even more important for adults to stay active and engaged,” said managing director Jamie Schwaba. “MCA is working hard to meet that need and provide safe opportunities for our community.”

Classes include:

  • Weaving, ages 55 and older, via Zoom. Sessions will explore weaving terms and concepts through the creation of a place mat, cotton dish towel, tapestry, and continuous strand weaving to create handbags, scarves, rugs, and more.
    Dates: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30
    Instructor: Lisa Douglas
    Fees: $24 includes supplies, except loom. Pick up or delivery in Winona. For an additional $12, kits can be mailed anywhere in the U.S. Looms available to rent locally with a deposit.
  • Mindful Journaling, ages 55 and older, self-paced online curriculum, with a final social via Zoom. This self-paced course asks participants to be present in the moment, channeling personal creativity through written and visual expression, learning techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media. This self paced course provides eight weekly emails containing journaling techniques and mindfulness prompts to inspire creativity. The course will culminate in a social via Zoom to share lessons and, for some participants, share creations.
    Dates: Feb. 7-April 3 (self paced), Zoom social details forthcoming.
    Instructor: Brianna Haupt; Fees: $24 includes supplies with pick up or delivery in Winona. For an additional $12, kits can be mailed anywhere in the U.S.

Both of these activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and  cultural heritage fund.

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