Artful Aging

Some artists on our COMPAS roster are passionately enthusiastic about teaching older adults. Most of these artists have years of experience in doing so, and many of them also have specialized training in arts and aging. 

Thanks to our work with creative aging expert Pat Samples, COMPAS has developed two Residency models that bring these highly effective teachers into senior housing. They have been successfully used at dozens of senior sites across the Twin Cities metro area. These models are designed to be flexible to meet your needs.

A key component of either model is the advance training that COMPAS provides for site staff and volunteers. Training is led by Pat Samples, Artful Aging Program Manager and a longtime leader in Minnesota's efforts to facilitate creative expression by older adults. The designated COMPAS artist is also present for the training, and leads some portions of it. Sites are invited to include as many staff and volunteers as they choose in the training. It's essential that a "critical mass" of site staff/volunteers go through the training, so that optimal results can be obtained during the actual artistic experience.


Artful Aging Camp ($1950 + Materials) This includes:

2-4 hours of advance training

Artist Meet & Greet session for residents to meet the artist and learn what will happen in the camp

12 hours of hands-on time working with the artist (done in 2-hour blocks, either during an intensive period of 3 days with both an AM & a PM time block, or spread over 6 days within a 2-week period)

Community Celebration (an event to celebrate and demonstrate the work the participants have done)

Artful Aging Classes ($1950 + Materials) This includes:

1-2 hours of advance training 

Artist Meet & Greet session for residents to meet the artist and learn what will happen in the class

8 weeks of classes (2-hour time block per week; often includes a Community Celebration at the end of the 8 weeks)

Artful Aging Sampler Sessions

Artist Samplers are now available! If you aren't sure which type of project—or perhaps which artist—best suits your needs, here's a chance to get just a taste of what the COMPAS Artful Aging program can offer.

Artist Samplers bring one of our certified Artful Aging artists to your site for a 2-hour workshop. Projects are designed to be completed in this time frame. Materials costs are extra, since they vary from artist to artist. (Some workshops require no materials at all.)

Single Sampler: Site pays $200 + Materials

Sampler Package, offering one session a month for a year: choose a different artist each month, or bring back your favorites as desired. Pricing options:

- Pay for 11 sessions, get the 12th one free ($2,200 + Materials)

- OR get Materials costs included for the year ($2,400 total)

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View profiles of Roster artists who work in this program

Prices listed cover all artist fees, as well as whatever planning time is needed with COMPAS staff.

Materials costs are extra. If the artist needs to travel a great distance to your site, and they are working during more than one day, you may need to provide mileage and/or lodging costs.

We can also schedule Performances and/or stand-alone Workshops by artists on our roster.

Need more information?  Contact Daniel Gabriel