Creative Connections for Seniors


Creative Connections for Seniors is East Side Arts Council’s program serving seniors 62 and up on the East Side. Seniors enjoy building community with each other while learning creative skills in visual arts, storytelling, and poetry under the guidance of professional artists. Information will be posted when enrollment is open for new classes.

Community partner sites for Creative Connections for Seniors include Labor Plaza Senior Apartments, CLUES (Comunidades Latinas En Servicio), Arlington Hills Community Center, Cambric Senior Aparments, and East Side Elders. 




Fall 2018


Poetry with Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse is back to lead another creative poetry writing class at Arlington Hills Community Center! Margaret is a well-decorated teacher and poet who has been awarded fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Loft Literary Center, MSAB, and the McKnight Foundation. Margaret has gained a faithful following of students during her time teaching with ESAC. With each session, Margaret's students have grown exponentially as poets! 

*This class is currently at capacity with a waiting list. To stay updated on future classes please join our mailing list by clicking HERE


Visual Arts with Juan Parker

Juan Parker is at the head of another visual arts session with the residents of Cambric Senior Apartments. Each session brings more interested students! Juan’s students explore a plethora of drawing & painting techniques from dry brushing to hatching and more. Juan has taught with ESAC for years and has shown his incredible work in our gallery space.


Stay tuned for details on these upcoming classes:

Storytelling at Labor Plaza with Al Justiniano of Teatro Del pueblo

Visual Arts at Arlington Hills Community Center with Tamina Muhammad


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.