The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new statewide initiative, “Seeding Vitality Arts MN.

Chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is among the second cohort of grantees to partner with Aroha Philanthropies in this seminal initiative designed to support the development and expansion of successful creative aging programs.

Vitality Arts programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. The work is driven by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults brings joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is excited to join Aroha Philanthropies at the forefront of the emerging field of creative aging. Aroha Philanthropies’ generous grant of $12,500 will support three unique eight-week workshops for older adults in collaboration with the Winona Friendship Center. The workshops will be focused on painting and dance, and a special intergenerational program in multimedia art will welcome older adults and area youth to participate together. These free workshops will take place April 2018 through November 2018, so stay tuned for details.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to partner in the Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative to not only support the community but also to contribute to a growing movement to bring the many benefits of creative aging to communities far and wide.

For more information about Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, visit For more information about Seeding Vitality Arts MN, visit, and information about Aroha Philanthropies is at


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