Our intergenerational programs put us at the forefront of the Creative Aging field, bringing together adults and School One students to create art, stories, and foster shared understandings. Since launching our program in 2016, with funding from the Aroha Philanthropies and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, we have offered a variety of opportunities for storytelling, performance, artmaking, and discussion.
Intergenerational Book Discussion Group
Students from School One and older adults from Hamilton House make up this fantastic book group. The Intergenerational Book Discussion Group meets for four weeks during the Fall, and again in the Spring. Past selections include The Yellow Wallpaper and Old School.
Reading Across Rhode Island Book Club
School One students and Hamilton House members meet monthly to discuss Reading Across Rhode Island books such as Just Mercy, The Wright Brothers and The Hate U Give.
En Plein Air Landscape Painting
A nine-week outdoor landscape painting class led by well-known Rhode Island artist Ida Schmulowitz. Participants meet weekly on Blackstone Boulevard, set up easels and paint, trying to capture the light hitting homes and trees. En Plein Air Landscape Painting meets Tuesday, 3:30-5:00pm at School One and Blackstone Boulevard, in September and October.
A nine-week interdisciplinary visual art and writing class with instructors Monica Shinn and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through art and writing. Studio visits and artist talks are part of the program. Drawing Myself meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One, from September through November.
A nine-week interdisciplinary performing arts and writing class with instructors Phil Goldman, Diane Postoian and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through performance, storytelling and creative writing. Working Stories meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One.