Student Artists Forge Friendships, Create Art Programs In Milwaukee Senior Centers

In her work with older adults living at Chai Point Senior Living in Milwaukee, Erin Whitney doesn’t just try to spur residents’ memories, she tries to stretch their brains while talking about their day and being crafty.

Whitney, an arts education major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is part of the nonprofit group Creative Trust Milwaukee and its student artist-in-residence program.

Whitney facilitates arts programming, such as shaving cream snowmen and mosaic gardening pots, and she hopes to start a gardening program in the summer. But the residency is about much more than just planning activities for residents. It’s about building intergenerational friendships she wouldn’t otherwise.

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