For Elders

Elder writers watching the performance of their life stories from our Voices of Our Elders workshop at Summerplace

Well Arts Institute provides writing-for-theatre workshops for the 60-and-over set through “Voices of Our Elders”.  These workshops provides basic and intermediate creative memoir and poetry writing skills to all comers.  We write and share in supportive, warm community!  Professional actors are auditioned annually to work with elders to put those stories on stage.  Our elder participants are the playwrights in the process, engaging in creative discussion with the theatre director and actors, making adjustments in the stories, and developing new ones in ensemble fashion.  The goal is to provide community, connection, and a forum for keeping our legacies alive in Portland’s culture!

We also present on our work in Voices of Our Elders in the community (most recently at PCC, Marylhurst University, and OHSU’s Health Aging Conference).

Call us at 503-459-4500 or email us by clicking here if you would like to bring a Voices of Our Elders workshop to an organization you work with, or if you would like to invite us to present on our programming or bring us in for a masterclass.

MaryAnne Glazebrook and Will Schmerge in "Granny and Cat", part of our Reunion Writing Workshop production, "I:you".

Arts Resources for Elders

Elders Share the Arts
Eldergivers Art With Elders
Geezer Gallery
Arts To Elders
Art with the Elderly
Theatre Helps Seniors on Medicinenet
National Center for Creative Aging
Montgomery County Senior Theatre
Senior Theatre Resource Center

Articles About Elders and Art

Theatre workshop tickles seniors’ brains The Charlotte Observer
For Healthy Aging A Late Act in the Footlights The New York Times
Senior Center’s Art Program Promotes Healthy Aging Process The Bay Citizen
A Picture of Health Vancouver Coastal Health
Aging Artfully at the Burbank Senior Artists’ Colony LA Times

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