You and your Family and Friends
Are Invited to Participate
in the New and Exciting
The Shiawassee Council on Aging (SCOA) has received a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs for a new and innovative community-based art program called SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ARTS for Seniors).
Multi-media classes are offered weekly at both the Owosso Senior Center and the Shiawassee Arts Center and bi-weekly at the Durand and Morrice Senior Centers.
SCOA and SAC are partnering on this exciting program because seniors are a large and growing segment of our community’s population that mainly due to age have not had access to art and cultural activities. The population of Shiawassee County (2010 U.S. Census) is 71,687. Seniors 60 years and older represent nearly 17% of a growing population of 11, 528. MCACA considers Shiawassee County culturally underserved.
The 2006 Creativity & Aging Study, conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and The George Washington University, measured the positive impact of weekly, professionally-conducted, community-based cultural programs on the general health, mental health and social activities of older person, age 65 and older. The results showed powerful effects pointing to true health promotion and even disease prevention.
SCOA provides seniors a broad range of services. Its mission is to advocate, assist and promote the well-being and independence of seniors in Shiawassee County. SAC’s mission is to present quality arts and cultural activities that educate, entertain and enrich the quality of life in our community.
The SMARTS Program provides hands-on experiences in artistic creation to dozens of Shiawassee County seniors each month allowing them to express themselves, include them in the community and improve their quality of life. The Program also extends to seniors, by way of professional artists/instructors, opportunities for the kinds of creative experiences that can help seniors grow, further their well-being and enrich their lives.
For more information about the SMARTS Program and schedule of classes call the Shiawassee Arts Center (989) 723.8354. All classes are $3 for seniors and $5 for family or friends under age 60 who are accompanying a senior.
The Owosso, Durand and Morrice Senior Centers and the Shiawassee Arts Center are accessible to persons with disabilities.