Senior Center Joins with Carnegie to Offer Art Classes
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
The Alliance Senior Center, located at 212 Yellowstone Avenue, continues to expand their activity offerings, promoting engagement and a strong sense of community.
Recently, the Senior Center teamed up with the Carnegie Arts Center to offer senior art classes. Kyren Conley, Director of the Carnegie Arts Center, explained that she worked together with Angie Flesner, RSVP Handyman Director, to develop the classes as a way to promote not only art, but a sense of community involvement.
“Carnegie was trying to expand its service classes to be more proactive and go out into the community for folks who may have transportation issues or limited access to coming into our facility. We just want to spread, wherever we can, art in the community,” said Conley.
The senior center hosts a variety of events and activities, Flesner said. She wants that list of activities to keep expanding. Currently thy offer activities such as bunco, coffee and treats, crochet class and bingo.
“I wanted to have more events here to bring more people in,” said Flesner. “We got together and discussed what we could do, and it’s brought more people in.” Flesner said the center also serves as a meeting place for events such as the Nebraska
Attorney General’s Mobile Office. She explained people who are interested in hosting events at the senior center should contact her (308) 762-1293. Conley explained that the act of making art helps people of all ages, and provides the opportunity for people to learn more about themselves.
“I believe in the process of art, over the product,” Conley said. “People have that ability to get creative and create fearlessly. I’m always impressed that I can bring the same base materials into any class or any group, and no matter who it is, or what we’re doing, the end results are always different. So, you get to see that creative play, and I think that’s important for folks of any age.
With all of our classes, I want to emphasize that people get that opportunity to play and explore and have that ownership over that process—making decisions, taking back control of whatever aspect in their life. Art is a tool to do that through.”
The classes are typically offered on a bimonthly basis, Conley explained. She said she is impressed with the senior center, and what they bring to the table for the community.
“I just think it’s great what Angie’s doing here,” said Conley. “Everybody has different interests; everybody has different things that they like to do, so providing things like the line dancing and art classes, and providing cards and whatever anyone wants to learn or do. It’s really important.
I just have to commend Angie because rural communities have a very large aging populous. So the more programs like this with diversity are incredibly important. You hope that stewards of the community like Angie will ensure that programs like this continue for when we’re older and looking for recreational outlets too.
”Conley shared one of her favorite memories since starting the classes at the senior center.
“There was a gal who wasn’t sure about doing a project, and toward the end of the class, she made two projects. We had extra materials, so she asked if she could do another one.