Monday, September 28, 2015

Silver Kite

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week's cool idea is Silver Kite, an intergenerational theatre company and arts program that’s connecting Washington state’s teens and older adults.

(Check our archives for parts 1-61.)

Silver Kite specializes in intergenerational drama curricula and program facilitation which unite generations by harnessing life stories as a basis for art-making, using creative play, storytelling, movement, and visual arts to share experiences, boost self-esteem, foster empathy and strengthen connections to self and community.

As an intergenerational theatre company, Silver Kite is a resident partner at the George Center for Community, where they offer family arts workshops, arts happy hours, storytelling open mic events, and classes for both teens and older adults.

Silver Kite also develops and facilitates programs in the community, partnering with K-12 schools, retirement communities, community centers, NGOs, and other organizations.

Their intergenerational theatre company is currently on tour with their original production of "A String."

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

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