After intentional efforts to understand the diverse needs, perspectives and experiences of older adults, MOCA Tucson developed creative aging workshop series that pushed boundaries, took risks and combat antiquated and ageist ideas of what older adults want to learn and how they want to express themselves.
School of Drag, a Creative Aging program collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, AZ (MOCA) and Fluxx Productions, is a 10-week workshop series that invites 55+ LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual, non-binary, pansexual, etc.) community members to explore art, narrative and performance which culminates into a showcase featuring performers of all ages and local professional drag performers. School of Drag creator, Dante Celeiro, leads this Creative Aging workshop series with Eli Burke, teaching artist and Education Director at MOCA.
In May 2019, gender performers of all ages wowed local audiences at the culminating event for “School of Drag,” an innovative arts workshop series held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Tucson, AZ. This free intergenerational program, promoted to LGBTQIA+ members of the Tucson community ages 13-17 and 55+, was led by teaching artists Eli Burke, Education Director at MOCA and Dante Celeiro, founder of Fluxx Productions and creator of School of Drag. Over the course of 10 weeks, participants explored the history and social construction of gender through performance; developed their own drag character; invented a name; and designed and created their own costumes.