Creative Aging Celebration Announcement
Friday, June 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier
Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) is hosting a Creative Aging Celebration event on Friday, June 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier (The Gallery at College Hall, 36 College St.). This free community event will showcase creative work by CVCOA’s Creative Care Kit participants, feature additional artwork by artists age 60+ in the community, and engage attendees in fun creative aging activities. CVCOA’s Creative Care Kit project provided skills-based, practice-focused, and social-centric arts activities to people in their homes during the pandemic, and we are excited to honor the work of these artists.
Artwork will include watercolor, drawing, cartooning, and poetry by Creative Care Kit participants, a special display of work that addresses aging issues, a photography exhibit from Lamoille Neighbors, the premiere of a new musical work, and more. Attendees can participate in a movement and imagination program called Ageless Grace at 5:00 p.m. with Barb Asen, CVCOA’s Director of Family Caregiver Support. There will also be live music and poetry reading at 6:00 p.m. during the event, featuring an original composition called "Sweet Fruits Suite" by Liz Benjamin and performed by Cecile Sherburn, soprano, and Eliza Thomas, piano. This music will be followed by Toussaint St. Negritude reading original poetry and poems by our Creative Care Kit participants. The Vermont Assistive Technology Program and the Vermont ABLE Library will also be sharing tools and resources that can help older adults stay engaged.
Food and drink will be available for sale during the event through Café Anna. Masks will be encouraged for all attendees and required for those who are not fully vaccinated, including a first booster shot. Attendees can stop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. No tickets are required, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Following this kick-off event, CVCOA will be hosting Creative Aging Celebrations throughout June at our local partner nutrition programs during their regularly scheduled congregate meals. For more information and a full schedule with locations, please see below. Reservations are required to attend congregate meals. Find the contact information for your local nutrition site at https://www.cvcoa.org/food-and-nutrition.html.
This event is sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council and Montpelier Alive. Donate to support this event online at https://www.tiny.cc/support-creative-aging
Creative Aging Celebration Schedule at Partner Nutrition Programs
Tuesday, June 7 - Mad River Valley Senior Center, contact Cathy Clark at 802-496-2543 for reservations
Wednesday, June 8 - Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, contact Nicole Fournier-Grisgraber at 802-888-5011 for reservations
Monday, June 13 - Chelsea Senior Center, contact Sue Pirie at 802-685-2290 for reservations
Tuesday, June 14 - Royalton Senior Center, contact Sue Pirie at 802-763-7386 for reservations
Wednesday, June 15 - Strafford Senior Center, contact Sue Pirie at 802-763-7386 for reservations
Tuesday, June 21 - Greater Randolph Senior Center, contact Emilie Daniel at 802-728-9324 for reservations
- Ageless Grace program with Barb Asen, CVCOA's Director of Family Caregiver Support, following the meal
Wednesday, June 22 - Greater Northfield Senior Center, contact Maryann Beaupre at 802-485-8112 for reservations