Kupuna Art Outreach
Since 2016, CAE has been engaging kupuna in a variety of art activities that enhance their social interaction and mental engagement. Such stimulation can be important in maintaining their independence and positive outlook. There are weekly sessions followed by an exhibition of participant artwork, provided free of charge. These sessions are designed to elicit creative thinking and arts based appreciation and provide participants with the tools, motivation, and confidence to continue engaging in creative endeavors long after the sessions. Art session activities may include learning about ikebana, learning to make art with existing household/recycled materials, and learning how to use traditional materials such as watercolor, pastels, and collage. The sessions will be guided by trained facilitators with backgrounds in teaching, professional art, and counseling experiences. The specific curriculum for the participants will be customized to address their unique needs to ensure a positive experience. The knowledge gained in delivering art instruction to this special audience is documented in a curriculum manual designed to enable non-artists to provide instruction to kupuna on their own.