Having been a member of the 2019-2020 Aroha’ Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums cohort, Museo de Historia, Antropología, y Arte had some experience delivering remote creative aging programming when they applied for and received additional funding from Aroha to design and deliver a new, fully-online visual arts program, La Vida es un Arte 2.0, (Life is an Art Form 2.0).
Drawing on lessons learned in spring 2020 when they moved a visual arts program online due to strict COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown measures, Museo’s team planned the new offering. Delivery format, the stability of internet access, technical support, and an engaging culminating event online would all present challenges to the team. Through careful planning and continuous refinement, La Vida es un Arte 2.0 drew raves from 40 participants who learned how to draw with materials found in the home during 4 two-hour sessions each offered in September and October 2020.
In this interview with mixed-media artist, Celia Caro, she talks about how she got started as a teaching artist and how one of her colleagues at Pratt, Paul Ferrara, introduced her to the Creative Aging field. This led to Celia co-teaching a Lifetime Arts program at the Countee Cullen branch of the New York Public Library. Celia also talks about her biggest surprises, challenges and rewards with working with older adult learners.
In this interview with Lifetime Arts trainer and teaching artist, Antonia Perez, she talks about how an interaction she had with a group of children where she taught them how to paint a public mural led to her teaching painting and drawing to local small community groups. Her intergenerational teaching artist experiences led her down the path of Creative Aging, as she worked as an artist-in-residence in the hospital setting, first with children and then later with adults who had life-threatening diseases. Antonia also shares her most memorable moments, her advice for other teaching artists, the most satisfying parts of this work, and more.
From the Design Observer site:
“For nearly three decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek could be found in alternative weekly newspapers across the country. With clear block lettering and kind of hairy, pimply drawings, Lynda Barry chronicled the everyday adventures of a boy, Ernie Pook, and a girl, Marlys Mullen. Comics have never been the same. Her books have also been extraordinarily influential. Her first illustrated novel, “The Good Times are Killing Me,” came out in 1988, and her latest, “Making Comics,” was just released. She’s a professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and very recently won a MacArthur fellowship. On this episode, Lynda talks to Debbie about learning how to draw, and the damaging effects of one’s own opinion.”
San Juan, Puerto Rico-based Museum de Historia, Antropología y Arte was just finishing up their first year of Creative Aging programming when COVID-19 hit, which left their visual arts program with two remaining classes in the series. Lisa Ortega, Museum Educator, and teaching artist, Raúl Olmo joined forces with Katherine Márquez Torres, Marketing Specialist for the museum, to deliver a two-hour online critique session which was held via Google Hangouts. The program closed with an encore critique class on April 15.