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. Programming is supported by St. Paul Foundation, Bigelow, Mardag, and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.




Beginning Poetry Workshop at Arlington Hills Community Center with Margaret Hasse

This fall, poet and teacher Margaret Hasse is leading a poetry workshop for beginners at Arlington Hills Community Center. Margaret is a multi-faceted consultant working in the Twin Cities and around the country. She has a 25-year track record in strategic planning, fundraising & grant writing, facilitating effective meetings, and evaluating. She also edits poetry manuscripts and runs writing workshops. Margaret has lived and worked in Minnesota since graduating from Stanford in 1973. She has been awarded fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Loft Literary Center, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. She has also presented at the AWP Writers Conference.

Visual Arts at Cambric Senior Apartments with Juan Parker

Juan Parker is back at Cambric again! We’ve been partnering with Cambric Senior Apartments for the last year and it’s proven to be a prime location for facilitating this recurring class. Artist and teacher Juan has been building a following at the apartments as this is his third session. His students explore multiple artistic techniques in multiple different mediums. This ranges from charcoal portraiture to pastel still life, acrylic and watercolor painting. Juan has been making and teaching art in St. Paul for years. In his own work, the focus of his subjects has been African silhouettes, Native American women, and Jazz artists.

Visual Arts at CLUES with Ana Laura Juarez

Ana Laura is currently leading one of our CCS classes at CLUES. CLUES is a “linguistically and culturally relevant resource and service nonprofit organization that was founded in 1982 by Latinos for Latinos”. Ana Laura is a young Latinx print artist/bookmaker/painter from Minneapolis who graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from MCAD. Her students have been learning the fundamentals of many artistic mediums, including painting and bookmaking. Ana Laura is also currently teaching youth through our After School program. 

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