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Arts & AGEing performance in San Francisco!

Please help! We need your financial support! ¬†For the past eight weeks I’ve been working a job that has opened my heart more than I imagined. Arts & AGEing KC hired me to write a song with a group of elders in an independent living retirement village. (It just happened to be the one my own Tiny Grama lives in!) We have had a BLAST! Not only did we write a full song about a mother’s unconditional love for her child and the different stages they both go through, but we also learned American Sign Language for some of the words. Every single one of us has learned and become healthier people because of it. Now Arts & AGEing has been invited to perform a play about ageism, “Dancing With Crows Feet,” that was written and directed by the organizations founder, Deb Campbell, at the International Congress on Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine in San Francisco July 23-27! This is a HUGE honor! The conference only happens every four years. Will you help us get the funds to go? I believe there will be 6 or 7 of us needing airline tickets and hotel fares. Please watch the video on this Indigogo campaign and give how you’re able. THANK YOU! And please JOIN US on April 26, 2017 at the Gladstone Community Center for a performance of our song, as well as exhibitions of other art projects that area retirement homes have participated in as a part of the same Arts & AGEing KC program. More information HERE.

Kasey with her Tiny Grama and another participant in the Arts and AGEing songwriter workshop. February 23, 2017. Photo by Deb Campbell.

Arts & AGEing KC

This is my Tiny Grama. She is pure joy and one of the greatest inspirations in my life. This week I taught my second songwriting class to a group of elders at her retirement home. It’s a program through the not-for-profit organization Arts & AGEing KC and its hands-down my favorite job I’ve ever had in my entire life. The general idea is to not just perform art FOR seniors, but to get them to participate in art. It was just coincidence that I was placed at Tiny’s community… or divine universal intervention… whichever it is, I am so grateful. After each class I have walked away feeling joyful, fulfilled, and like I am the student sitting at the feet of my elders. At the end of the next few weeks, we’ll have a song that we will have all written together.

Pictured: Waunita (Ford) Felts – March 2, 2017 holding a picture of her mother helping her take her first steps. Circ. 1927. Parkville, Missouri.