Lifesongs Workshop with Alysha Shaw
Lifesongs is an intergenerational arts project that promotes social inclusion and dignity for our elders. Central to the Lifesongs process is the artist-facilitated creation of original musical works by people in nursing homes and hospice care. Through intergenerational collaboration and transformative storytelling, public concerts, and community conversations, Lifesongs engages communities in healing the culture of fear and exclusion that surrounds aging, illness, and death.
Lifesongs musical collaborations are of two kinds: One-to-one sessions between facilitating artists and people in hospice and nursing care, and a unique intergenerational ensemble created with residents of nursing care facilities, artists from the community, youth performers and school children.
In this workshop, participants will gain an experiential taste of a few creative facilitation techniques often used in intergenerational Lifesongs Ensemble sessions including: community singing,story gathering, and musical improvisation. Participants will also get a sense of considerations to make when facilitating a group diverse in age, physical mobility, and cognition. This workshop will model much of what occurs in a single Lifesongs Ensemble session, pointing to how the material would be developed over several months of weekly sessions into concert-ready works
of art. Some time will be allotted for questions and answers.