Danceworks Generations


Danceworks Generations, previously known as Danceworks Intergenerational Multi-Arts Program (IMAP), uses creative arts instruction to encourage school aged children to build relationships with older adults in their communities.

Danceworks Generations creates access to the arts and improves the lives of youth and older adults by bringing them together. Generations is implemented at Milwaukee area schools with limited or no arts education programming and nearby assisted living and older adult day programs.


We partner with senior centers, public and private adult day centers and elementary schools within Milwaukee and surrounding communities to implement Danceworks Generations. This program provides out of the ordinary interactions between the two generations, which adds excitement to our seniors’ daily routines and helps to fulfill potential arts education shortfalls for our school aged participants, all while allowing these generations to build relationships through dance and multi-arts activities.


Arts education can encourage students of all ages, old and young alike, to think critically, to expand their imagination and take positive risks. Through collective multi-arts activities, our participants begin to better understand each other, are able to share cultural histories and establish relationships that enrich Milwaukee’s community.


The primary goals of Danceworks Generations are:

  • To build community between intergenerational groups through the creative arts;
  • To improve students’ attitudes toward older adults;
  • To improve older adults’ attitudes toward their own aging.

2018-19 Generations partnership sites (adult site/schools):

  • Luther Manor / Emerson Elementary School
  • Ovation / Mitchell Elementary School
  • Milwaukee Catholic Home / Lloyd Barbee Montessori School
  • United Community Center Day Center / Fernwood Montessori School



View the 2015-16 Danceworks
Generations (IMAP) program report.



Watch videos from past Generations/IMAP Celebrations:
IMAP Celebration 2014 Clip
IMAP Finale 2014 Clip
Wants and Needs: A Poem Remix
The Golden Rule
Danceworks Performance Company


Danceworks Generations is funded through charitable contributions from a variety of foundations, corporations and individuals including:

Bader Philanthropies, Inc.


Pieper Electric, Inc./Ideal Mechanical


Questions about Danceworks Generations? Contact Dani Kuepper, Artistic Director, at 414.277.8480 x6001, or via email.

Photos: Christal Wagner