ART@HANDART@HAND is NCC’s series of accessible programs for enjoyment of the ceramic arts. Intended for individuals 55 years old or greater (and their families), ART@HAND incorporates lectures and tours, drop-in workshops, and hands-on activities. Supported by the Wallace Excellence Award, the program aims to increase access to the ceramic arts for adults who are 55+. Whether you’re curious about clay or have worked with clay for years, these programs are a fun way to expand your knowledge with Northern Clay Center’s experts and exhibitions. Most events are free and open to the public unless a low-cost fee is noted in the description. Some events are especially for parents, grandparents, and kids to attend together. You must be 55+ to register for all of the following programs. Join us for a snack—all events include refreshments.
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Thursday, June 6, 6 – 7 pm
Video Screening of ART@HAND: Creative Aging with Clay
Thursday, July 11, 6 – 7 pm
Drop In Tour: Artists of NCC
Thursday, August 15, 1 – 2 pm
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People who attend ART@HAND sessions with family or friends develop strong memories and deep connections by taking creative risks and working side by side.
Working with clay and participating in creative experiences yield numerous benefits for persons 55 and better. Our past participants, families, teaching artists, staff partners, and recreational therapists have reported a variety of positive outcomes from collaborative work with Northern Clay Center. These include:
• Improved sense of concentration, cognition, and happiness
• Increased sense of purpose, accomplishment, and satisfaction
• Decreased physical signs of stress
Additional benefits for participants who are in assisted living communities, with a variety of abilities and challenges, include:
• Sensory fulfillment and improvement in arthritic symptoms,
• Maintenance of fine motor skills and eye/hand coordination
• Improved memory and recall
• Noticeable decrease in isolation and symptoms of depression
• Improved sense of community
• Increased communication among participants
We know that our partners are wonderful resources about the interests, skills, and histories of their communities and residents, and we actively seek your input. Our teaching artists focus on developing projects, lesson plans, and the technical aspects of each partnership. Healthy collaborations are crucial to the success of each program.
Taking our show on the road
Northern Clay Center has provided offsite clay experiences since 1995, and is adept at containing and cleaning this necessarily messy process. Teachers come prepared with tablecloths when necessary, and work trays for each individual, as well as small portions of materials, and wet wipes for messy fingertips.
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This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.