Danceworks Generations 20-21 is an intergenerational, inter-arts residency, that brings students and seniors together into pen pal partnerships, exchanging Dance-o-Grams and postcards featuring participants’ original artwork and creative writing.
The 20-21 Generations program includes 12 sessions for students and 12 sessions for seniors, November-April, led by Danceworks Teaching Artists, either in-person, live-streamed, or in pre-recorded sessions, to provide maximum flexibility to schools and senior centers.
Beautiful Questions Inspire Intergenerational, Artful Exchanges
Inspired by TimeSlips Beautiful Questions, Danceworks Teaching Artists begin the creative process by posing a Beautiful Question to intergenerational participants. Some examples of Beautiful Questions could include, “What does it mean to ‘grow up’?”, “What do you treasure in your home – and why?” or “What gift would you give to the next generation?” Students and seniors learn about one another through these thoughtful, open-ended questions that invite personal reflection and expression.
The intergenerational participants’ responses to Beautiful Questions inspire the collaborative creation of visual art and dance. Generations Pen Pals are established for the duration of the program, where students and seniors exchange one-of-a-kind postcards that feature participants’ creative writing and artwork. Pen Pals also exchange Dance-o-Grams throughout the program, which are short dances that build upon one another in an ongoing intergenerational dance conversation! Danceworks Generations program in 2020 is designed to be more flexible than ever, and increase intergenerational community connections through high quality and inventive arts programming
Danceworks Generations Primary Goals are:
Both the written and visual art aspect of creating these one-of-a-kind postcards will be mentored by Danceworks teaching artists, either in-person, live-streamed or in pre-recorded sessions. The Teaching Artists will facilitate the collection and distribution of the postcard exchange and when possible, will collect photo or video documentation of the students and seniors receiving the postcards.
The Danceworks Teaching Artists facilitate the creation of Generations Dance-o-Grams, either in-person, live-streamed or in pre-recorded sessions. The Teaching Artists will facilitate the collection and distribution of the Dance-o-Gram exchange and when possible, will collect photo or video documentation of the students and seniors receiving the Dance-o-Grams.
(Masks and appropriate physical distancing are required)
A Danceworks Teaching Artist will work with your students/clients in 12, hour-long, in-person sessions to create one-of-a-kind post cards and Dance-o-Grams to share with intergenerational pen pals.
Live-streamed Virtual Sessions
A Danceworks Teaching Artist will work with your students/clients in 12, hour-long livestreamed sessions to create one-of-a-kind post cards and Dance-o-Grams to share with intergenerational pen pals.
Pre-recorded Virtual Sessions
Danceworks will provide 12, hour-long pre-recorded sessions for your students/clients to create one-of-a-kind post cards and Dance-o-Grams to share with intergenerational pen pals.
Some highlights from Generations 19-20
Video / Photography Credit: Christal Wagner
Danceworks Generations 2020-21 program is funded through charitable contributions from a variety of foundations, corporations and individuals including:
Questions about Danceworks Generations? Contact Dani Kuepper, Artistic Director via email.