Designed with three pillars: reflection, connection and discovery, the creating meaning program aims to engage Front Porch residents with their creativity. This is done through programs designed for artists and creatives of all types as well as events that are available to all residents. Explore a sampling of our programs below.
the kitchen table art project
Born in the time of COVID-19, this program offers a way for residents to connect with one another, create community beyond their own community and work together. Zoom meetings offer residents a chance to take time to work on their art or craft (or just listen in) right at their kitchen table. Conversations are inspiring and include video tours of community studio spaces, individual home art spaces and asking for and receiving feedback on what we are working on. Progress on one’s project is noted at the beginning and end of the meeting and those who work on their art in the in between time share what they are doing as well. We have artists working in painting, sculpture, collage, book arts, journaling, quilting, dollmaking, etc. Learning new techniques and process keeps our creativity alive! Resident driven, great ideas abound such as the upcoming group collaborative installation, “the kitchen table art project” -stay tuned for images.
The Collaborative Quilt Project is currently underway. All ten Front Porch retirement communities are making collaborative quilts. Residents at each community pick it design/theme, fabrics, style, etc. and a group of residents make individual parts of the quilt which then will be joined into one piece. All of the quilts will be exhibited at the gallery as well as in a travelling exhibition to all ten communities. Quilts will then be auctioned or raffled at each community. Another great idea to create community!
artist speaker series
Professional artists are invited to share their artistic journey with residents. This takes several forms from live demonstrations to showing a collection of artworks to full scale presentations. Artists working in a variety of mediums are invited to share their process and wonderful interactions occur between artists and residents.