Young UWM Student Changes Older Adult Lives

MILWAUKEE, WI – November 02, 2018 – Andrew Gray is a 19-year-old University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student who spends his time living in an older adult facility where he organizes and provides storytelling and theater workshops for its residents. Andrew Gray is an active volunteer for the Student Artists in Residence Program (SAIR) program. While in high school, Andrew spent countless hours volunteering at his former Middle School to help the students create theatre. He assisted with school productions as well as taught drama classes to students. Andrew now uses his time to volunteer with older adults in the SAIR program to teach drama and help create theater. 

“Andrew Gray, the Student Artist in Residence at Luther Manor, has provided storytelling and musical theatre workshops for older adults in Independent Living. Not only visiting and providing workshops, he also lives in the retirement home and is fully immersed in the community.” – Molly Hassler, SAIRS Program Coordinator

Andrew also serves as a Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Fellow and has worked hard to put together a celebration for voters after the November 6th elections. 

“We are all given two options in life: we can choose to act, or we can choose to accept the actions of those around us. Voting is how any citizen can play their part in the future of America.” – Andrew Gray, SAIR student and CEEP Fellow.

Andrew continues to be an asset to UWM, CCBLLR, SAIRS and CEEP. Andrey Gray is the November highlight for the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). 

Andrew Gray is from Washington, IL where he attended Washington Community High School. He is currently a sophomore at UWM and majors in Theatre Practices in the Peck School of the Arts. 

The Student Artist in Residence (SAIR) program is designed to give students time and space to learn a community and help it (and themselves) grow and change through art-making.  SAIRs are paired with a retirement community that they live and work in for an entire year. 

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) partners with the community to inspire students, faculty, and staff to engage in activities that foster enduring personal and social change. CCBLLR moves UWM to the next level by improving the student civic and leadership experience through a holistic and seamless approach to community engagement. Overall, the CCBLLR will ensure greater impact and success in UWM fulfilling its civic mission and providing well-developed leaders for our communities.

Photo: Andrew Gray